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Conversations With Veterans: Howard Wasdin’s Success Post Military Life

Elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin survived the infamous battle made famous in the hit movie “Black Hawk Down,” but medical retirement and coming home, presented him with challenges he never expected.

10/23/2014

A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Hines VA Hospital Director Retiring

Joan Ricard is leaving after nearly 40 years of service in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including two years as director of the hospital. Her resignation comes amid a slew of allegations about poor treatment at veterans’ hospitals across the country — and after the dismissal Monday of four high-ranking VA officials.

10/07/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Seeking Criminal Probe Of VA Scandal

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Friday he has evidence the Veterans Administration falsified wait times for patients at VA hospitals, and he said the matter demands criminal investigation.

06/13/2014

(Credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

Congressman: Marion VA Hospital Needs Hundreds More Staffers

In a statement posted on his website, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart said the Marion facility is actively working to recruit 200 additional full time employees, in addition to its 1,400 current full time employees.

06/06/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Wants Full Investigation Into Hines VA Hospital

Federal investigators are combing records at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood and Senator Mark Kirk says they’re there for a good reason.

05/14/2014

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Quigley: Culture Change Needed At VA

As the Veterans’ Administration launches a nationwide audit of its health facilities, Congressman Michael Quigley says there seem to be some deep rooted problems at the agency

05/12/2014

(Credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

Shutdown Not Halting Medical Care At V.A. Hospital

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.

10/09/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Sen. Kirk Wants To Digitize Veterans’ Disability Claims To Speed Up Process

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.

07/03/2013

Veteran Urges Sending Holiday Cards To Service Members

The head of the state’s Veterans’ Affairs Department want people to send holiday cards.

12/01/2012

(Credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

V.A. Working To Speed Up Claims Processing For Vets

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.

CBS 2–07/12/2012

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Vets Frustrated With Long Waits For Disability Benefits, Medical Care

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.

CBS 2–07/11/2012

Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, arrives at a World War II Memorial ceremony in March. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Tammy Duckworth Leaves U.S. Veterans Affairs Office

The Iraq War veteran’s departure raises speculation she may run for a U.S. House seat.

06/13/2011