URBANA (AP) — The University of Illinois is getting $4 million in state funds to build a new center for disabled veterans.

The Wounded Warrior Center will provide 24-hour support to help severely injured veterans prepare to live independently and pursue their educational and career goals.

It will offer housing for up to 12 veterans in addition to counseling, rehabilitative and academic services.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grant Thursday.

Quinn said men and women who sacrifice years of their lives to serve their country deserve support when they return.

The $4 million comes from a state fund established to help create jobs.

A veteran and 1962 U of I graduate, Ronald L. Chez, has pledged $6 million for the project.

The university is raising the additional money to complete the center.

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