American Legion pushes for veteran funding at the Statehouse

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The American Legion is trying to make sure Hoosier veterans are taken care of after a proposal to raise money for homeless vets didn't go as far as they'd hoped at the Statehouse.

The bill passed by the Senate last week no longer includes a proposal for a lottery ticket where proceeds would have gone to homeless veterans. American Legion representatives said Sunday that the lotto ticket was dropped because of contractual issues, but they haven't found out what those issues are.

Now, they want lawmakers to take a good look at the bill and what it could do for Indiana's veterans.

"We work for our veterans. We don't work for the government. We don't do all these other things. We work for our veterans, and that's our primary responsibility is ensuring our veterans are taken care of and ensuring their families have good lives."

The current bill includes $500,000 a year for Indiana veterans, but the American Legion says a lottery ticket dedicated solely to helping veterans could have raised millions.

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