Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today visited the VA Illiana Health Care System (VAIHCS), handing out valentines to patients while expressing support for the Danville facility.
A proposal to restructure VAIHCS programs and services has gone up the VA's chain of command, drawing reaction from stakeholders worried about the loss of staff and supportive jobs, as well as the effect on the local economy.
"At tomorrow night's State of the Union address, I intend to again personally invite Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to visit the campus and discuss VA plans for Danville," Shimkus said.
"I previously invited the secretary about a year ago, when I expressed my opposition to a proposal for a second campus in Champaign-Urbana, which would in reality move all primary care out of Danville. Until he sees the fine work being done here, I don't believe the VA should reduce the scope of its services in Danville."
As part of his annual Valentines for Heroes program, Shimkus delivered some of the thousands of valentines collected by his offices for distribution to veterans and active-duty military in and around his Congressional district.
"I am continually overwhelmed by the kindness and support given by my constituents toward our veterans and military men and women," Shimkus said. "The program seems to get bigger and bigger every year."