Veteran leaves $1.5 million to VA Hospital in Illinois

A veteran who volunteered for more than 40 years at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Illinois left a bequest to the hospital when he died in 2008. Although John P. Wright had told at least one VA employee that he planned to remember the VA in his will, no one expected the size of the bequest to be so large- $1,559,227.66.

Mr. Wright, who died at the age of 74, had no survivors and had volunteered at the VA facility for close to 50,000 hours. An avid music lover, Mr. Wright helped to form the VA Illiana’s men’s chorus and could often be found volunteering in the recreation hall.

With money from the bequest, the hall will now be renovated and renamed after Mr. Wright, an Army veteran of the Korean war. The VA facility plans to also use money from Mr. Wright’s donation to buy a 16-passenger bus to transport veterans to special activities. Those who know him told reporters from the local News-Gazette and AP that Mr. Wright “would love that his money will be used in ways to enrich veterans’ lives for years to come.”