Veterans Affairs

Conversations With Veterans: Howard Wasdin's Success Post Military LifeElite 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.
Hines VA Hospital Director RetiringJoan 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.
Kirk Seeking Criminal Probe Of VA ScandalU.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.
Congressman: Marion VA Hospital Needs Hundreds More StaffersIn 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.
Kirk Wants Full Investigation Into Hines VA HospitalFederal investigators are combing records at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood and Senator Mark Kirk says they're there for a good reason.
Quigley: Culture Change Needed At VAAs 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
Shutdown Not Halting Medical Care At V.A. HospitalWith 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.
Sen. Kirk Wants To Digitize Veterans' Disability Claims To Speed Up ProcessSenator 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.
Veteran Urges Sending Holiday Cards To Service MembersThe head of the state's Veterans' Affairs Department want people to send holiday cards.
V.A. Working To Speed Up Claims Processing For VetsMany 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.
Vets Frustrated With Long Waits For Disability Benefits, Medical CareAs 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.
Tammy Duckworth Leaves U.S. Veterans Affairs OfficeThe Iraq War veteran's departure raises speculation she may run for a U.S. House seat.