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(Regional)-House Veterans Affairs Committee To Hold Hearing Thursday In Hot Springs

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/11/2014 07:37 AM

(Hot Springs)-Congresswoman Kristi Noem has announced she will be hosting a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing this Thursday on the issues faced by the Hot Springs Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. 
The hearing, which will be attended by Chairman of the House VA Committee Jeff Miller and Vice-Chairman Gus Bilirakis, will look to further investigate the VA’s proposed restructuring of the VA Black Hills Health Care System.
“It’s been more than two years since the VA’s intended closure announcement and there are a number of critical questions that have yet to be answered,”  said Rep. Noem.  “Time and again, the VA has disregarded congressional requests for additional information and set aside the concerns of the Veterans it serves in South Dakota.  By holding this hearing, area Veterans and community groups will be given an amplified voice and I’m hopeful it will help move us closer to the answers we need and local Veterans deserve.”
The field hearing, which Rep. Noem requested of Chairman Miller in a letter earlier this summer, will be held at 10:00AM on Thursday, August 14, at the Mueller Center in Hot Springs, SD.  Noem has worked with the Committee to secure witnesses.  The hearing will include testimony from: Bryan Brewer, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bob Nelson, Co-Chair of the Save the VA Committee, Amanda Campbell, Member of the Save the VA Committee, Pat Russell, Co-Chair of the Save the VA Committee and Larry Zimmerman, South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Noem has fought for the Hot Springs VA to remain open, as it has provided critical care to South Dakota Veterans for decades.
Save the VA Committee will furnish a bus to the veterans of Dawes and Sheridan County to give a ride to this hearing, if they come up with a head count by the end of the day. Anybody who wants to ride the bus is urged to contact VS officer Alan Connell at 432-0119. If you live in Sheridan County please contact VS officer Gary Sones at 3275658. The bus will leave from the Chadron VS office. One bus has been filled and the office is working on a second. A free dinner will be served to all bus riders.


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