(S.D.)-Area Representatives Band Together To Support Hot Springs VA
(Hot Springs)-The Veteran’s Administration Black Hills Health Care Facility in Hot Springs, more commonly known as the VA, is in danger of being closed by the Federal Government. Recently, several national representatives submitted a letter to the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Erik Shinseki urging him to reconsider the closing of the facility. One of those signing the letter was Congressman Adrian Smith from Nebraska.
Representatives from Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota signed the letter, and did so because they are concerned that closing the facility would place an additional hardship on Veterans. Smith said he knows there are already Veterans who travel more than an hour to get to Hot Springs, and making them travel longer distances would be more of a hardship, which is what they are trying to prevent.
Smith said state lines in a situation such as this disappear and all of the representatives are working together for this cause.
He said the representatives are like a team in rural America already, but this is more about the Veterans, and preventing a hardship to those who utilize the facility.
Shinseki has not yet responded, but Smith said he is trying to stay positive.
He said they are trying to maintain good dialogue with Shinseki, although they haven’t heard anything yet. Smith is confident they will hear something back and is trying to remain positive. He wants to move forward, and believes representatives need to be aggressive so no further burden is placed on Veterans.
Smith has spoken with many Veterans in his district, and they are concerned if the facility in Hot Springs should close, that would be a hardship for them. To make your voice be heard, contact Smith’s Scottsbluff office at 308-633-6333, and other contact information is available on his web page, www.adriansmith.house.gov.
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