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
Benjy Jeffords, WSIU

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.