MARYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) is reiterating his open-door policy for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and veterans in his district to contact his office to report any irregularities in VA scheduling procedures they have witnessed.
“(The) release of the VA’s Access Audit confirms that the problems with veterans getting timely service are even more widespread than previously revealed,” Shimkus said. “My office has aided numerous veterans through the years who have experienced similar issues, and I encourage anyone currently in that situation – as well as VA employees – to share with me any knowledge of irregularities at the VA.”
The Access Audit revealed 57,436 veterans waiting for appointments more than 90 days after requesting them, as well as confusing scheduling practices and more efforts to conceal the long wait times. The audit flagged 112 VA facilities for further review and investigation, including the Illiana Health Care System in Danville and the Marion Medical Center, located in or near the 15th Congressional District.
“I will be returning to VA facilities that serve my constituents to seek answers, and I have asked to talk to veterans and employees without administrators present,” Shimkus added. “Anyone who seeks anonymity in fear of reprisal can also call my office at (618) 288-7190.”