The Oregon Lottery’s Unique Support for Veterans

Guest Contribution by Oregon Lottery

You know the old word association game? What would be the first thing you think of if you heard the phrase, “lottery funding”?

For most people, “education” would probably spring most naturally to mind. This makes sense, considering that almost every state across the country has a lottery, the vast majority of which fund education programs to varying degrees (including Oregon’s).

But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that lotteries support a number of different important causes.

Former Vietnam Fighter Pilot Continues to Save Lives of Veterans After War

Carys Fritz, Lines for Life

Lt. Colonel Tom Milligan was an Air Force Fighter Pilot in Vietnam. He served our country, flying almost 300 combat missions, and now he serves our Veterans here at home. Tom is the Director of Military Services at Lines for Life, a service dedicated to preventing substance abuse, suicide, and other mental health challenges that Veterans face.

Milligan leads the team of highly trained specialists who answer phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our crisis lines coming from Veterans and Active Duty Military who struggle with different issues. They offer support and intervention from the perspective of fellow Veterans who can empathize with their pain.