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Support Illinois’ Troops and Veterans This Holiday Season

November 29, 2010

Governor Pat Quinn today launched the Illinois Heroes holiday card drive and is encouraging all Illinois schoolchildren to make a card for an Illinois servicemember this holiday season.

Governor Quinn will hand deliver the handmade cards the week before Christmas during a visit to Illinois troops and their families at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the largest American hospital outside the United States.

This will be Governor Quinn’s sixth visit to LRMC.

Cards can be mailed or dropped off at:

The Office of Governor Pat Quinn
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 16-100
Chicago, Illinois 60601

“We want every servicemember who is spending the holidays at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to know that we are all thinking of them and are grateful for their courage and sacrifice,” said Governor Quinn. “I encourage everyone in Illinois to join me in supporting our servicemembers and Veterans this holiday season.”

Governor Quinn made the announcement during the state of Illinois’ annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Monday. Along with Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director Dan Grant and representatives from multiple Veterans’ organizations, the officials encouraged residents throughout the state to support homeless Veterans during the holidays.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that close to 10 percent of Illinois’ homeless population is made up of Veterans.

“Everyone always asks what they can do to help Veterans, especially at this time of the year,” said Director Grant. “Supporting the organizations that are providing essential services for homeless Veterans and helping them to rebuild their lives is one of the best ways you can do it.”

To find out more about the Illinois Heroes holiday card drive, or what else you can do to help the troops and veterans this holiday season, visit:

*OperationHomefront.org

*Veterans.Illinois.gov

*Operation Support Our Troops Illinois

*USO Illinois

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