US Representative John Shimkus plans to tour a veterans' hospital in southern Illinois. Shimkus' office says the congressman will tour Marion VA Medical Center today. This will the Collinsville Republican's first visit to the Marion facility since a growing public outcry over patients dying while awaiting VA treatment and mounting evidence workers falsified or omitted appointment schedules to hide frequent, long delays. The congressman's office says Shimkus will talk to the media this afternoon after his visits with staff and patients.
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