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Vets Commission Gives Out $3M Despite Dwindling Lotto Funding

Cherie A. Thurlby

The Texas Veterans Commission gave out $3 million in grants today to more than two dozen organizations across the state that help veterans readjust to civilian life.

About $800,000 of it will go to programs that assist veterans here in Central Texas.

More than 90 percent of the grant funding comes from sales of a $2 scratch-off ticket Texas Lottery game. Ticket sales have been down over the past several months.

"We would love it, whether or not you play the lottery game, to encourage others that do to go ahead and purchase the Veterans Cash lottery game because all of the funding in the Fund for Veterans' Assistance goes out to non-profits and units of local government throughout the state of Texas," Director of the Fund for Veterans Assistance Kathy Wood said.

Last month the fund debuted a newly-designed ticket. Officials hope it will help attract more sales.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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