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Free Food And Prizes Fill Iowa's Veterans Day

Hy-Vee And Iowa Lottery Team Up To Salute Veterans

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Hy-Vee stores and the Iowa Lottery are teaming up for some special contests for veterans this Veterans Day.

On Thursday, all Hy-Vee locations in Iowa with in-store dining will host a free breakfast for veterans. During those breakfasts, the stores will hold contests that veterans can enter to win up to $25 in free plays from the Iowa Lottery. Prizes of $25, $15 and $10 in "Lottery Buck" coupons will be awarded to veterans at each of the 104 participating Hy-Vee locations.

"As we continue to raise money for the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, we thought teaming up with Hy-Vee for these special contests would be another way we can say, 'Thank you,' to Iowa veterans," said Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich.

Veterans can enter the contests at participating Hy-Vee Kitchen locations in Iowa during the free Veterans Day breakfast events on Thursday. Contest winners' names will be posted at the participating Hy-Vee stores and on the Iowa Lottery's website at

"Our Veterans Day breakfasts are always a special time in our stores and we're happy to add to the fun with these lottery contests," said Hy-Vee executive vice president Jon Wendel.

Legislation approved in 2008 authorized lottery games to benefit the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund. Proceeds from two instant-scratch games and two pull-tab games each year are dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund. And, in just more than two years, the Iowa Lottery has raised more than $6.4 million for the cause.

The newest instant-scratch game dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund is the $1 "Veterans Hot 7's" game while the latest pull-tab to benefit the cause is "Blaze of Glory," a 50-cent game.

The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund was created to provide assistance to qualified veterans and their families to help pay for expenses such as:

  • Travel expenses for wounded veterans directly related to follow-up medical care;
  • Job training or college tuition assistance;
  • Unemployment assistance during a period of unemployment due to prolonged physical or mental illness or disability resulting from military service;
  • Dental, vision, and hearing assistance for veterans living in a long-term care facility or under a home healthcare contract (further asset limits apply);
  • Benefits for a child or children of a disabled or deceased veteran following September 11, 2001;
  • Individual or family counseling programs (further asset limits apply).
  • In addition, funds are available for family and children support groups and honor guard reimbursement.

To learn more about the Veterans Trust Fund, visit