Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program Serving 3,000 Annually

Project funded by Lottery dollars.

Photo of Veterans Mobile Van

Proceeds from the Kansas Lottery support activities of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, including the "Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program." The Lottery provides direct funding to this program and others through the sales of our special $1 and $2 veterans benefit instant scratch games.

  YouTube video on Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program


Date:Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or sally.lunsford@kslottery.net

All of us at the Kansas Lottery are proud to be Kansans, and nothing makes us prouder than our special Veterans Benefit tickets. That's because revenue from these games supports some terrific programs.  Case in point - the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program.  In the past few years, two vans have traveled all over Kansas, serving veterans and their families right where they live.  Each van is staffed with two Veterans Service Representatives who make it easy for Kansas veterans and eligible family members to apply for veterans benefits.

Donald Fortin is a Vietnam Vet.  He stopped by the van when it visited the American Legion in Topeka. As did Oscar Albrecht, who served our country in World War II.  Between the two vans that make up the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, they visit all 105 Kansas counties and serve about three thousand veterans a year.ryon and vet

"First they have questions. Once we get those questions answered, we get right into business," said Ryon Knop, Veterans Service Representative.

Some of the most common types of business veterans want assistance with are medical benefits, pensions, the GI bill, and housing loans.

The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs had envisioned mobile service like this for many years, but it wasn't until the Lottery began selling veterans games that the vision became a reality.

"This is a great program," said Wayne Bollig, Director of Veteran Services, Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs. "Without it, we couldn't run the vans. It pays for our service representatives, their salaries are 100% paid for by the lottery."

Veterans tickets are like other scratch games as far as play action and prizes. The only difference is the proceeds from these $1 and $2 games go directly to programs that benefit veterans.  Which is why Miki Brown, a lottery player from Topeka, likes to play them. 

"I really like that when I buy these tickets, it helps veterans," said Brown. "Sometimes I win, too, so it's a real win-win situation."

van sideThe Kansas Lottery says "thank you" to our players who buy veterans tickets, and to our Kansas veterans for their service to this country.

If you have questions or need additional information about the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, please contact Eric Rohleder, Program Supervisor. Office: (785) 625-8532, Cell: (785) 220-5183, Email: Westksvsp@media-net.net.

In addition to supporting the Veterans Enhanced Service Delivery Program, proceeds from the Kansas Lottery's Veterans games also pay for Kansas National Guard Education Assistance Act scholarships and the Kansas Veterans Homes and Cemetery System.

 




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