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Quinn: Donate flyer miles to military families

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 3:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 10:56 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Air travelers who have compiled significant frequent-flyer miles are being urged to consider donating those miles to injured soldiers and their families for the holidays.

Since 2005, Operation Hero Miles has issued more than 40,000 donated tickets. The Fisher House Foundation that manages the programs says it's saved military families nearly $63 million in ticket costs over the years.

In a Sunday statement, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is encouraging the public to consider donating their miles. He says it'll give wounded soldiers a well-deserved opportunity to spend more time with relatives during the holidays.

The Rockville, Md.-based Fisher House administers the program with the Department of Defense.

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