WBEZ | vets http://www.wbez.org/tags/vets Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois donates surplus computers to vets http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-donates-surplus-computers-vets-104060 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; Illinois is donating 400 repaired, surplus computers to veterans groups for job training programs.</p><p>The state Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Veterans&#39; Affairs announced the plans Tuesday.</p><p>The computers are desktops and laptops from federal agencies made available through Illinois&#39; federal surplus program. They&#39;re refurbished and have had hard-drive cleanups and minor repairs, so they should be ready for use. Each computer has Windows software installed.</p><p>Illinois officials estimate the computers are worth approximately $150,000.</p><p>Earlier this year, the state&#39;s Central Management Services department donated millions of dollars&#39; worth of surplus boots, coats, mittens and other winter gear to charitable groups.</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-donates-surplus-computers-vets-104060 New Illinois lottery game to benefit military vets http://www.wbez.org/news/new-illinois-lottery-game-benefit-military-vets-103744 <p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has bought $20 worth of Veterans Cash lottery tickets and is calling on others to play the newest edition of the game that benefits military vets in&nbsp;Illinois.</p><p>Ahead of Veterans Day, the governor helped launch the new game. More than $10 million has been raised for veterans&#39; organizations since the program started in 2006.</p><p>All net proceeds go to groups like The Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit that helps the visually impaired, including veterans. Grants have been awarded to 190 organizations, including those specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder.</p><p>Speaking at The Chicago Lighthouse Wednesday, Quinn said buying a ticket &quot;was a great investment, win or lose.&quot;</p><p>Illinois&nbsp;Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren said it&#39;s a &quot;very tangible way&quot; to thank veterans for their service.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-illinois-lottery-game-benefit-military-vets-103744