Save the VA members prepare for Environmental Impact Survey - KOTA Territory News

Save the VA members prepare for Environmental Impact Survey

While a definite date hasn't been announced, the Environmental Impact Survey for the VA in Hot Springs should begin shortly. People with Save the VA want to make sure everyone affected is prepared so they are holding several meetings.

On Tuesday night, it was an opportunity for people to find out how a possible closure of the VA will affect them. This meeting was specific for property owners. It was also a time for people to get ready for the Environmental Impact Survey and the comment period that comes with it.

Those with Save the VA say the more people who show their support for the VA, the better chance it has of surviving. And they say if it closes it would negatively impact many people.
"It's not just Hot Springs people that are going to be impacted by this. You have rural veterans from the panhandle of Nebraska that are driving two to three hours to come to the Hot Springs VA Medical Center for care," said Patrick Russell, who is part of Save the VA.
"Veterans will suffer without the care that's provided here. We need to ensure that the VA is here for another 100 and some odd years," said Amanda Campbell, who is part of Save the VA.

There will be other meeting to address how it will affect veterans, VA employees, and business owners.

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