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Veterans skeptical of lottery game meant to help them

Local VFW Post 76: There are better ways to help veterans in need

SAN ANTONIO - The Texas Lottery Commission released their latest version of Veteran Cash this week. The scratch-off game send proceeds to the fund for Veterans' Assistance, administered by the Texas Veterans' Commission.

Various version of the game have been issued over the past three years. The Texas Lottery claims to have raised approximately $20 million during that time.

The VFW Post 76 is the oldest in Texas, and has seen their fair share of Veterans in need.

"They come out of the woodwork. Homeless veterans that come here for help," said VFW Post 76 member and Vietnam veteran Luis Gomez.

Veterans at the VFW Post 76 are skeptical the fund does much good.

"As far as veterans getting any money, I've seen it once here at this post. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte gave a veteran -- I think he needed some money to pay his rent or something like  his mortgage -- they gave him $1,000, and that's the only case I've heard of or seen that anybody got any money (from the lottery funded fund)," said Gomez.

"There's a lot of fraud out there. Personally, I think people just want to take our money," said Angel Vasquez, VFW Post 76 member and Vietnam veteran.

Rather than play the lottery game, the veterans at the VFW Post 76 would like to see people contribute to the individual VFW Post Relief Funds.

"We'll support (the scratch-off game) if its for the veterans, because I've bought several myself -- the last one's that were out -- but we're here, and we know what goes on," Gomez.

You can contribute to the VFW Post 76 Relief Fund by visiting the post, or by going to their website


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