A free resource for military veterans and their families aims to help them adjust to civilian life.

Veterans Business Outreach Center of Illinois is hosting a webinar Wednesday through SIU-Carbondale called Boots to Business Reboot. It provides information on business ownership, finances and more.

Report Finds Infection Control Policy Deficiencies at Illinois Veterans Homes

Mar 23, 2021

A joint report from two state agencies and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found Illinois’ four state-run veterans homes lack standardized infection prevention policies despite previous audits suggesting they be implemented.

The report from the Interagency Infection Prevention Project, or IIPP, calls for the facilities to create a new infection control position and increase staffing and training.

State Still Working on Uniform Outbreak Protocol for Veterans Homes

Mar 16, 2021

At a committee hearing Tuesday, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs officials reported that all four state-run veterans homes have no staff or residents currently positive for COVID-19, but the agency is still working to produce uniform infection control procedures for the facilities.

IDVA Chief of Staff Tony Kolbeck, who testified during the virtual House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, said he expects those protocols will be finalized within two weeks.

State Veterans Affairs Director Resigns in Aftermath of Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak

Jan 11, 2021

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia resigned Monday, more than two months after an outbreak was first reported at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home that has killed more than a quarter of the facility’s residents.


America's veterans will now receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment as Social Security Recipients.

President Trump Friday signed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act into law.

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The state Department of Veterans Affairs reports five cases of COVID-19 among residents at the Anna Veterans Home.

U.S. Representative Mike Bost announced the Department of Transportation has awarded over $8 million in grants to two Southern Illinois Airports. 

There's no how-to guide for re-adjusting to civilian life after returning home from war. 

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Unemployed veterans in southern Illinois had a chance to learn more about the career opportunities available in the construction trade.

The Illinois Laborers' Union and the Illinois Department of Employment Security hosted a job fair Friday at the Laborers' Training Center in Marion.

Campus Group To Hold Veterans Day Vigil

Nov 6, 2019
Heartland Regional Nurses Travel With Honor
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Tuesday morning dozens of veterans will take part in the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois.

During those honor flights a few nurses from Heartland Regional Medical Center accompany the veterans in case there’s a need for medical attention.

Southern Illinois University opens a two-day Veterans Summit Thursday in Mount Vernon.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois is in the process of determining the best option to meet the air transportation needs of the region.

Five airlines have submitted proposals for service that would start this December.

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A patriotic celebration took place the day before Independence Day in Williamson County.

Shawnee School District Building a Veteran's Memorial Wall

Jan 17, 2019
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Granite slabs were delivered to the Shawnee School District this week for the building of veteran's memorial wall on the school campus in Wolf Lake.

Superintendent Shelly Clover-Hill says the idea came from students in 2014.

Congressman Mike Bost's office

Murphysboro republican Congressman Mike Bost and Florida democrat Al Lawson introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to try to help America's agriculture industry.

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The non-profit group, This Able Veteran held a ceremony recently to formally introduce specially-trained PTSD Service Dogs to their new Veteran owners.


A southern Illinois native will help Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker's transition team be prepared to serve veterans right out of the gate.

Pritzker and Lt. Governor-elect Juliana Stratton announced the members of the Serving Illinois' Heroes Committee.

Veterans Day InFocus: Visits With Those Who Served

Nov 10, 2018
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As we observe Veterans Day, WSIU hears from Veterans who were gathered in Chester Illinois on September 7th, 2018 for the public tour of the Transport Ship LST 325.

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This Sunday is Veteran's Day but Georgeann Hartzog with the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois says it's time we go back to the holiday's original name - Armistice Day.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Veterans Services Coordinator Paul Copeland about the commemoration of Veterans Day across Carbondale and SIU.

To celebrate Veteran's Day, Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion introduced the Trail of Heroes Tuesday.

Heartland spokesman Herby Voss says hundreds of flags are lining the sidewalk in front of the hospital.


Veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline according to a new national estimate announced Friday by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with organizers of the 2018 Veterans Legal Clinic at the SIU School of Law - Lucas Park, Martin Parsons, and Kayla Estes.

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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.

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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has scheduled a town hall in southern Illinois to discuss the agency's health care system.

Spokesman Kevin Harris says Wednesday's town hall in Harrisburg is designed to solicit feedback from veterans, their families and other beneficiaries of the health care system.

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.