Ceremony During N. Iowa-Iowa St. Game Highlights State Efforts To Help Veterans
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DES MOINES, Iowa - The thousands of football fans enjoying Saturday's N. Iowa-Iowa St. game in Ames also got to learn about the success our state has achieved in raising funds to help Iowa veterans and their families.
The Iowa Lottery and Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs were invited make an on-field presentation during the game at Jack Trice Stadium to highlight the total amount of money raised thus far for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund from the sale of lottery tickets dedicated to the cause. Lt. Col. Todd Jacobus of the Iowa Army National Guard, who serves as vice chair of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, was presented with a ceremonial check by Mary Neubauer of the Iowa Lottery during the football game's first quarter.
In a little more than two years, the Lottery has raised nearly $6 million for the Veterans Trust Fund. Lottery tickets for the cause debuted in July 2008. Legislation approved that year authorized the Iowa Lottery to create two new instant-scratch games and two additional pull-tab games each year, with all profits from the games dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund.
The Veterans Trust Fund was created to provide assistance to qualified veterans and their families. Currently, funds are used for unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes; assistance with vision, hearing, and dental care, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs; counseling and substance abuse services; housing repair; and transitional housing in an emergency.
The newest instant-scratch game dedicated to the cause is "Veterans Hot 7's," a $1 game. The newest pull-tab game for the cause is "Blaze of Glory," a 50-cent game. All games that benefit veterans' causes feature the Veterans Trust Fund logo in their design.
To learn more about the Veterans Trust Fund, visit www.iowava.org. To learn more about the Iowa Lottery, go to www.ialottery.com.