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More Lottery Cash for Veterans

Last Updated: Tuesday 4th August 2009, 14:30 pm

Money Pot You may remember not so long ago, veterans of WWII receiving lottery cash to allow them to travel overseas for the D-Day commemorations, well now veterans are to get even more lotto cash to allow them to travel under the Heroes Return scheme with the National Lottery.

The Big Lottery Fund which pays out money for good causes has already paid for more than 30,000 former military personnel to return to places they fought at more than 60 years ago and now the fund will provide an extra £800,000 to allow another 1,100 war veterans to do the same under the Heroes return scheme.

The scheme launched in 2004 and supports war veterans and their families and allows them to travel overseas to places they fought at so many years ago. The scheme also aims to educate other generations on the lives on those who served their country in conflicts around the world.

One veteran, Mr Vickerstaff served in the Indian Army and then in Malaya and Singapore before becoming a prisoner of war in Taiwan, he has received a grant for god causes to the tune of £2,000. He’s been back to Taiwan a couple of times before and found it a very moving experience. He will now attend an annual commemorative service at the site of the Kinkaseki mine where he worked when he was a prisoner of war.

The scheme is just one of the many ways your lottery tickets help people from around the UK to do things they would not normally be able to do. Peter Wanless of the Big Lottery Fund says he is proud to be able to help a generation of men and women who served this country during World War II.

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