Hot Springs community continues to fight for VA - KOTA Territory News

Hot Springs community continues to fight for VA

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It's been a year since the Veterans Administration broke the news of plans to shutter the Hot Springs Veterans Administration. Is the fight to keep it open still going strong?

Over the last year, the community of Hot Springs pulled together to create a counter proposal that was presented to the Veteran's Administration in June. The offer suggests creating manufacturing jobs for veterans in which 75 % of the profit would go back to the VA.

The VA has declined the proposal. President of save the VA Patrick Russell says he fears a decline of rural VA's all over the nation and encourages the community to rally. "If they don't stand up to save their VA's now they may not have rural health care ten, 15, to 20 years from now," said Russell "All of the major VA Medical Centers will be in urban areas and the rural veterans will be left behind."

Russell says the next step is to take their grassroots movement to Washington D.C. and draw attention to the issue on a national level.

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