Cards for Heroes drive is collecting holiday cards

Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner recently announced the 2017 Holiday Card Drive for the Military.

Done in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, the drive aims to send Illinois’ brave service men and women overseas the simple joy of knowing that people back home are thinking of them at holiday time.

We must always remember our Illinois heroes, the people who serve in harm’s way and sacrifice so much to preserve our way of life,” Rauner said. “A card is a simple gift that can lift their spirits and remind our service members that we’re thinking of them while they’re far from home.

Governor Rauner and I encourage all Illinoisans to send holiday cards to the USO. In turn, the USO will see to it that our expressions of gratitude and admiration are delivered in time for the holiday.”

Holiday cards should be mailed now through Nov. 20 to the following address: USO of Illinois – Cards for Heroes‚ S. Wabash Ave., 16th Floor‚ Chicago, IL 60604

Cards can also be dropped off at a local Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veteran Service Office. Office locations can be found here: www.illinois.gov/veterans.

For more on this holiday card drive, please see this week’s print edition.