'Save the VA' shows Hot Springs D.C. presentation - KOTA Territory News

'Save the VA' shows Hot Springs D.C. presentation


Dozens of people packed into an auditorium in Hot Springs Tuesday night to address the next step in the fight to save the VA.
A delegation from the group was in Washington, D.C., last month fighting for the cause, and Tuesday they told the people of KOTA Territory exactly what they told the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The delegation gave the same presentation in front of VA secretary Eric Shinseki.

The group emphasized discrepancies in reports about the Hot Springs VA and gave their own analysis of how the facility helps veterans from all over the region.

It's not clear just how much the presentation did to sway the secretary, but audience members were encouraged by what they heard.
"I hope as a human being that it had a great impact on him, just like it did on me: just with regular emotions," said Barb Miller of Hot Springs. "And you know, I hope that for his job that it means something to him."
The group said next in the fight is to jump-start the grassroots movement and keep working with the state's congressional delegation.

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