Fundraising begins for National Veterans Museum

HOFFMAN ESTATES (AP) – An area town could be the home of a new veterans' museum featuring a library, military park and housing project for veterans.

Today marks the start of fundraising for the National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates.

Organizers say the goal is to raise $600 million in less than two years and complete the project by 2016.

The 325,000-square-foot museum would have dozens of galleries, a library and a housing project for veterans who are homeless or facing other hardships.

National Veterans Museum President Joe Cantafio says he chose Illinois because there's a high concentration of veterans and that the Chicago area is a central location.

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