Illinoisans Encouraged to Donate Frequent Flyer Miles to Wounded Vets

Illinoisans Encouraged to Donate Frequent Flyer Miles to Wounded Vets

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Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinoisans to donate their frequent flyer miles to help wounded soldiers.

You can do it through a program called Operation Hero Miles, run by the Fisher House Foundation. Those frequent flyer miles will be used to provide free round-trip airline tickets to military families to allow them to visit a recovering service member. Quinn believes that can have emotional and physical benefits.

“There’s no better way to speed a recovery than to have that opportunity to visit your family and friends,” Quinn said.

The program also allows wounded or sick service members to fly home for free if they’re healthy enough. To date, 40,000 tickets have been donated, saving military families an estimated $63 million. You can donate your miles at

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