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Senate Committee Grills Veterans Affairs Officials On LaSalle Home Outbreak

Nov 24, 2020
Linda speaks

Members of the state Senate Veterans Affairs Committee had pointed questions for officials with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs about the agency’s response to an outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home that has resulted in at least 27 resident deaths from COVID-19-related complications.

Sue Rezin

Republicans on the Illinois House Veterans’ Affairs Committee called for a hearing this week to investigate a COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home where at least nine residents have died after testing positive for the virus.

VA Outpatient Clinic in Bloomington
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The head of Bloomington's Veterans Affairs clinic says the pandemic has made caring for veterans more challenging and more critical at the same time.

 Jill Henry
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Female soldiers share some of the same battlefields and challenges as their male counterparts but the contributions of women in the military have received faint recognition.

paper cranes
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An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted by the gods. 

Frances and Jerome Maddox

Sgt. Anthony Maddox lost his life in 2013 after sustaining burns on most of his body in a petroleum incident in Afghanistan.

Vonda Rodgers said a prayer as volunteers pounded nails in syncopation in the parking lot of the VFW as they began the work of constructing the first McLean County Habitat for Humanity Hero Home.

McLean County Veterans Court
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McLean County's new veterans court is looking to grow after having its first two success stories.

Two men sit in the studio.
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Larry Rigdon served in the Vietnam War as a radio operator directing helicopter supply drops. He had never been to his war's memorial in Washington, D.C.

John H. Kraus grave
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A woman who comes from one of McLean County’s most well-known military families is trying to rally support for a passion project honoring local soldiers killed in World War I.

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Veterans in McLean County will soon have closer access to health care.

Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration says a costly rebuild of the Quincy Veterans Home is the best way to get rid of legionella bacteria linked to more than a dozen deaths there. While some state legislators support the move, others remain skeptical.

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Bloomington-Normal is commemorating fallen soldiers and their families in a new way this holiday season.

Woman posed center with wounded soliders
Photo courtesy of Sharon McCauley

A Blue Star mom who has been a major player in State Farm’s Military Affinity Group (MAG) is using the eve of Veterans Day to announce she’s retiring in March from the company and group that has supported her son and so many other soldiers.

Ghosts Of Vietnam War Haunt Today

Apr 26, 2017
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As an expert in international affairs, Harvard University Professor Fredrik Logevall considers it crucial to study the Vietnam War, a complicated and controversial part of American history. 

Logevall was a child living in Canada when the United States pulled its combat forces from Vietnam in 1973.  He has since written widely about the war and shared his insights recently at Illinois State University as a guest of the History Department.

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An official says a former grocery store will be converted into a new Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Davenport.

Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System spokesman Bryan Clark says work is expected to begin in January or February to renovate the former Jewel Foods store across from the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. The project is estimated to cost just over $4 million and will replace the Bettendorf clinic location.

The clinic is supposed to offer improved examination and treatment space, dedicated women's health exam rooms and expanded telehealth services.

Fort George Meade Public Affairs Office

On Veterans Day, the nation honors the contributions of soldiers. War though, consumes men and women. It tires them, twists them, and shatters them in ways that make it difficult to re-accustom themselves to the home front.

State Farm Insurance employee Tom Huffington has started a group dedicated to saving the lives of soldiers who are struggling with life after the service. Some may be suicidal.

Tribute Wall Helps Vietnam Veterans Heal

Aug 26, 2016
Two Vietnam Soldiers look at moving wall to find names of friends lost in the war.
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Vietnam veterans, vets from other wars, school children and other community members turned out yesterday for the first day of the American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute Memorial Wall which will be up through 2 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington.

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Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington  and Cargill have teamed up to host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall August 24 - 28.  The wall will be on display at Evergreen along with other historical displays.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is honoring the nation's veterans by offering free admission to members of the military on Veterans Day. The Springfield museum also will display portraits of fallen soldiers from Illinois on a screen in the museum's main plaza. The ``Portrait of a Soldier'' exhibit, which features 287 hand-drawn portraits, will be shown alongside quotes about the military from the nation's 16th president. The portraits will be on display next week from Tuesday through Thursday.