News

VA Takes Comments In The Black Hills

VA Takes Comments In The Black Hills

Photo: clipart.com

The Department of Veteran Affairs began its first round of hearings this week to take public comment on the proposed restructuring of the Black Hills V-A Health Care System.

Among other things, the V-A wants to close the full service hospital in Hot Springs and open a new one in Rapid City.

The process is undergoing an Environmental Impact Statement, and the first public comment hearing took place at ground zero – Hot Springs.

The scoping meetings are meant to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed reconfiguration plan.

Director of the V-A Black Hills Health Care System Steve DiStasio says the scoping process is important so they can hear the thoughts of the public on how it impacts them and the community…

 

Many veterans had harsh words for the current VA management, and they pleaded to keep the Hot Springs V-A where it is.

Vietnam Veteran Rick Steele considers the Hot Springs V-A his home, and he’s received nothing but excellent care.

Others not only want the hospital to remain open in Hot Springs, but restored to what it was prior to 1995, when they say the V-A systematically started dismantling it.

the comments at the meeting were recorded and they will be forwarded on to the V-A.

Similar public comment hearings will continue through the month.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Housing Project Discussed

Westbrook Estates 022615

A new housing development in Yankton is part of the planning process for economic development.

in Local

Thune Opposes Net Neutrality Regulations

computer

The Federal Communications Commission will issue new rules to regulate the internet.

in Local

Iowa’s Gas Tax to Increase

gaspump

Iowa’s gas tax is going up March 1st. Within the span of two-and-a-half hours, votes were taken in both the…

in Local

Iowa Company Granted Drone Exemption for Precision Ag

corn field

A north-central Iowa company is the first in the Midwest and one of only three nationwide to be granted a federal exemption to use drones for precision agriculture projects.

in Local

Nebraska Poll Finds Residents Not Afraid of Hard Work

nebraska

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension recently completed their 19th annual Rural Poll and a portion of that includes employment statistics.