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Gov. Pat Quinn is encouraging students from across Illinois to participate in the annual Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive by making holiday cards for service members who are away from home during the holidays.
Gov. Pat Quinn recently was joined by local students to light the state of Illinois’ Christmas tree and launch the annual Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive.
The governor encouraged students from across the state to take part in the annual drive by making holiday cards for service members who are away from home during the holiday season.
“As we celebrate the holidays here at home, it’s important we remind those veterans who cannot be with us how much we value them,” Quinn said. “The Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive is one small way we can show our appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers have made to defend our country and our freedom. No matter where they’re stationed, our thoughts and prayers are with our service members this holiday season.”
Quinn championed numerous veterans’ causes during his service as lieutenant governor and Illinois treasurer. In 2011, Quinn launched the Welcome Home Heroes program to support Illinois service members seeking homeownership. Quinn recently launched the newest Veterans Cash instant lottery ticket, a $5 ticket with proceeds benefitting Illinois veterans’ organizations. Since the governor first championed and launched the program in 2006, Veterans Cash has awarded more than $11.7 million in grants to more than 240 veterans’ organizations statewide. The Illinois Lottery’s Veterans Cash game is the first lottery game in the United States to earmark 100 percent of net proceeds to veterans.
As lieutenant governor, Quinn championed the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund Act, which established a fund to provide grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve components who were called to active duty as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. These grants help service members and their families with the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services and other expenses they struggle to afford because a wage-earner has temporarily left civilian employment to be placed on active military duty. The fund has distributed more than $15.1 million to 29,625 Illinois military families to assist with the financial burden at home when a loved one is deployed overseas.
For information on how to participate in the Illinois Heroes Holiday Card Drive, visit www.OperationHomefront.org.