News

Illinois American Legion Weighs In on VA

Illinois American Legion Weighs In on VA

Waiting times to get into VA hospitals are longer than the VA admits, according to the American Legion.

Marty Conaster, the membership director for the American Legion in Illinois and former national commander, says there’s a lot of waiting that’s not included in the VA report that came out this week on waiting for services at VA facilities over the last decade.

“Over 90-day wait, they (the VA) only say 32 in Danville. They’re saying 21 at Jesse
Brown. There’s none at Capt. James Lovell. Hines says they only had nine, now we know that one’s a lie, and Marion only had 40. But how many veterans called for an appointment and were told we’re not taking appointments right now, call back in two weeks?” he said.

Conaster says when the VA promised waits of 15 days or less in 2010, that prompted the creation of unofficial waiting lists to get on the official waiting lists.

Conaster says veterans don’t want to see the revelations about long wait times and off-the-official-books waiting lists result in the demise of the VA system. He says it’s a system veterans like and that is worth saving, and the American Legion is against replacing it with a voucher system.

However, he says the Legion does support legislation that would provide vouchers for some veterans to access care in private facilities — particularly those who live distant from VA facilities — on a temporary basis for two years to bring down the backlog.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Flash Index: Illinois Economic Growth Consistent

Fresh
economy

By the numbers, some of them, anyway, Illinois' economic growth is consistent.

in Local

Debt, ID Theft Top Complaints Received by AG’s Office

Fresh
lisa madigan

Those have sat at numbers 1 and 2 on the list of most common complaints from Illinois consumers for seven straight years.

in Local

WICS Personalities Fight; Disappear From Website

Fresh
ABC20

Employment status of Vince DeMentri, Garret Brnger, unclear.

in Local

Quinn’s Pension: $137k Annually

Governor Pat Quinn State of State

Former Gov. Pat Quinn receives a state pension of just less than $11,400 a month

in Local

Butler Sworn in Tuesday, Ready for Challenges

state_capitol_1

Tim Butler moves from behind the scenes in politics to the front line Tuesday.