Online donations can support veterans

Online donations can support veterans

DANVILLE — People who are interested in lending financial support to local veterans may now do so online.

The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System recently announced the availability of E-Donate, an online donation option at http://www.danville.va.gov/giving.

VA officials said it provides people with "a simple and safe way" to make a contribution to the fund of their choice.

"We've known for years that our citizens want to show their support to the service members who defended their freedoms," acting Director Timothy Cooke said. "While not everyone will have the time to volunteer, now anyone can take 5 minutes online to thank veterans in any number of ways."

The E-Donate option allows donors to select from a number of funds at the medical center to which they wish to donate. Because VA administrative costs are appropriated, officials assured that donors can be sure that 100 percent of their donations will go to the funds they select and the patients they choose to support.

"Donated money at our medical center goes to parties for veterans on the units, trips/outings, social services, etc.," said Bob Sprouls, acting chief of voluntary service. "People would be amazed if they could see how far their dollar goes toward making a difference in the lives of the people who dedicated themselves to us first."

Donations are made through a secure site at the Department of Treasury's http://www.pay.gov. A minimum of $5 is required for online donation.

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