With the shutdown dragging into its second week, money to pay healthcare workers at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago ran out last weekend, but employees are still on the job.
Senator Mark Kirk says there’s a reason, but no excuse, for a year plus delay in processing veterans’ disability claims, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
The head of the state’s Veterans’ Affairs Department want people to send holiday cards.
Many veterans have complained that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs keeps them waiting months for benefits and, in some cases, medical care; but the V.A. says it’s working to speed up its process.
As more American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan, more are coming home with disabilities, but any say the wait for their disability benefits and medical care is longer and more complicated than they ever expected.
The Iraq War veteran’s departure raises speculation she may run for a U.S. House seat.