'Reveille in Hot Springs' - KOTA Territory News

'Reveille in Hot Springs;' veteran's stories to save the VA in Hot Springs

Since the Department of Veteran affairs announced it would close the Battle Memorial Sanatorium in Hot Springs, people have been protesting the possibility.

One author is pushing the movement through a book.
Mary Goulet took the stories of veterans and compiled them into a book called 'Reveille In Hot Springs; The Battle To Save Our VA.'

Goulet interviewed 50 veterans for her book, telling the stories of some, and why they want to save the VA in Hot Springs instead of building one in Rapid City.

Goulet says she thinks Hot Springs is a safer place for veterans because they don't have triggers like alcohol and drugs.

Veteran Sergeant Branden Stackenwalt agrees. "If you bring them into a smaller place where it's more tranquil, more peaceful, it's easier for them to heal," said Stackenwalt. 
The Department of Veterans affairs first announced the closing back in December 2011.
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