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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2007

Veterans’ Affairs Director reminds residents of easy way to assist state’s war heroes
Money raised through tax check-off helps residents at state’s four veterans’ homes

CHICAGO – As taxpayers begin to fill out their IL-1040 tax forms, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Director L. Tammy Duckworth is reminding residents about an easy way to help the state’s military heroes.

“Illinois taxpayers can help out the state’s veterans by making a donation from a portion of their 2006 income tax refund. This is a simple, effortless way that Illinoisans can support their hometown heroes and say thank you for all that they have done and continue to do.  I want to encourage everyone, when completing their 2006 income tax return form, to make a contribution to the Illinois Veterans Home fund – every little bit helps,” Director Duckworth said.

The state added the Illinois Veterans’ Home fund to its list of voluntary contribution funds in 2004. The money raised is used to purchase much needed supplies and equipment to enhance the lives of the nearly 1,000 residents of the state’s four veterans’ homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy. Last year, Illinois residents generously donated more than $105,000 to the fund.

“We need all the help we can get to ensure that the people who put their lives on the line for our freedoms are cared for. Our veterans served this country bravely and honorably.  They fought for us, and now, it is our time to serve them,” Director Duckworth added.

For more information, please call IDVA at 1-800-437-9824.



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