Marion VA

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Two U.S. congressmen visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday as part of a Veterans Listening Tour.

Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro hosted House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe from Tennessee to learn more about the effort to reform hiring practices at the facility.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed legislation designed to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at VA facilities.

Sen. Durbin's office

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday to look into potential issues with patient safety and care.

There is an ongoing investigation at the facility related to mismanagement and retaliation against whistleblowers.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost is calling on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center.

Bost is joined in his effort by House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan.

The Marion VA Medical Center has a new leader.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed Jo-Ann Ginsberg as the facility's new director. She is expected to start within 30 to 45 days.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The southern Illinois community stepped up Tuesday to help those who served our country.

Marion VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans hosted its 7th annual Veteran Stand Down at the Black Diamond Harley Davidson warehouse.

Discussion of VA's Caregiver Program
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

US Senator Dick Durbin spent time in southern Illinois Tuesday, illustrating what he says is a need to expand a federal program to help veterans and their families meet with participants of the VA Caregiver Program in Marion.

Long waits for medical care persist for thousands of veterans at Illinois VA hospitals despite efforts to hire more doctors, open more clinics and allow some patients to instead see private practice physicians.

Shimkus to Visit VA

Jun 30, 2014

Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus will visit the Marion VA Hospital Monday afternoon.

The inability of veterans to get doctors’ appointments at the VA might be criminal, according to U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.).

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he welcomes a review of all VA medical centers in the state.

A new audit shows nearly 900 veterans have requested appointments at Illinois' Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them.