CHICAGO - Secret waiting lists at veterans medical care facilities are coming to light as whistleblowers within the military care system step forward - now from Hines VA Hospital in Illinois.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“I am concerned about credible reports of secret wait lists at Hines VA, similar to the lists used in Phoenix. Sharon Helman, the current Phoenix VA Director responsible for overseeing the secret wait lists and neglect of veterans’ care, was also the Director at Hines from February 2010 to February 2012. The Inspector General should immediately broaden its investigation to include Hines VA and to deliver a swift and immediate report.”
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the U.S. Senate on the topic of VA waiting lists.