A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says the Wednesday event in Mount Vernon is being held in light of the new leadership at Veteran Affairs.

An Illinois bill would allow veterans organizations to install gambling machines in communities that would otherwise prohibit them.

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The third trip for the Honor Flight of Southern Illinois takes place Tuesday.

Honor Flight board member Hope Patterson says 68 veterans will be heading to Washington, D.C.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced a measure to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

State of Illinois
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Illinois public health officials delayed informing the public for nearly a week about a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state veterans’ home in Quincy despite knowing the facility was facing “the beginning of an epidemic,” according to internal emails from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office obtained by WBEZ.

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Dozens of elderly residents who come from all over the state to live at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy have fallen ill over the last three years. 13 have died. The problem is Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia.

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SIU, the City of Carbondale and VFW Post 2605 held a joint Veterans Day ceremony Friday at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Carbondale.

Veterans Legal Aid Network Launches.

Nov 9, 2017
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A new legal consortium has been launched in Illinois to help Illinois veterans with legal issues, as they transition from soldier to civilian.  The Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network is available to any Illinois veteran, active duty veteran, National Guard member , or Reservist.  The program also helps dependents.

As long as the applying veteran does not have a dishonorable discharge, they can call a special toll-free telephone number:   855-452-3526.  The toll-free hotline is staffed by attorneys Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:30PM.

Veterans Courts will soon be an option for some offenses in courthouses across Illinois.


Dozens of veterans and volunteers from southern Illinois visited to Washington as a part of the region's second Honor Flight.

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Just over a year  after ground was broken in rural Carbondale, the Gary Sinise Foundation, on Thursday, June 29th, 2017,  turned over the keys of a high-tech, specially adapted smart home to Sargeant First Class Jared Bullock.  The Metropolis native was serving as a member of the Army’s Green Berets in Afghanistan, in November of 2013, when he lost his right leg and most of his right arm after an IED exploded under his ATV.  Today  Sgt.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Alumnus D.L. Anderson, who was a producer and co-director on the Independent Lens film "Farmer/Veteran." The special airs Monday, May 29 at 9:00pm on WSIU TV.

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Hundreds of southern Illinoisans crowded into Veterans Memorial Airport Tuesday to welcome home the first-ever Honor Flight from this region.

Illinois has long had a day to honor Gold Star Mothers. For the first time Monday the state recognized the rest of their families.

Recent government sanctions against predatory for-profit colleges that preyed on veterans by using inflated job promises have opened the window on the wider challenges of helping veterans transition from service to higher education.

A new, larger satellite clinic run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is opening in Effingham.

GI BIll Helps Vets and the Country

Sep 8, 2015

In 1944 the United States Congress passed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, more commonly known as the GI Bill, which still plays a crucial role in American society today  as America's longest war winds down. Huge numbers of veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and are eager to make the transition from soldier, to civilian.  Many returning vets are finding that the GI Bill can air in that transition.  In this feature we hear from Paul Copeland, the Coordinator of Veterans Services and from a returing soldier, Ryan McKennedy of Springfield Illinois.

Discussion of VA's Caregiver Program
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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.

A new study shows almost half of Illinois voters think access to healthcare is the greatest challenge veterans face in this state.

A new pilot program will provide equine therapy to veterans at Marion's V-A Medical Center.

Traveling Vietnam Wall Opens in Carbondale

Sep 11, 2014
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Dozens of volunteers gathered to construct the Traveling Vietnam Wall Thursday morning on the SIUC campus.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Vietnam Veteran Mark Cosgrove, who is coordinating a visit from the Traveling Vietnam Wall to SIU Carbondale.

Brad Palmer

The Illinois Veterans Home in Anna celebrated its 20th anniversary Monday.

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

The 21st Century veteran is not necessarily a senior citizen, thanks to several conflicts in the last quarter-century, and the director of veterans affairs of Illinois knows that firsthand.

This Able Veteran

Oct 16, 2013

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews This Able Veteran President and Training Director Behesha Doan, along with Army veteran Dan, as they prepare for graduation this month.

U-S Senator Dick Durbin says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."

A southern Illinois Congressman has introduced a bill to assist disabled veterans.

Americorps students on the Southern Illinois University campus will honor veterans on Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

Monday, SIUC's Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism and the Carbondale Boys & Girls Club will host the lunch.  The Americorps members will prepare and serve lunch to area veterans and veterans who are students on the SIU campus.  Organizers say the lunch is a way of saying "thank you" to veterans for all they have done and continue to do by their service to country.

While Illinois veterans are faring better than most others nationwide in terms of finding work, they still face challenges.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average unemployment rate last year for Illinois veterans who served after the 2001 terror attacks was 9.5 percent.  The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide was 12.1 percent.