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(Neb)-Veterans Stand Down Big Success

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/11/2018 04:05 PM
CHADRON - Organizers of yesterday's Veterans Stand Down at Chadron State College couldn't be happier with the event and the VA Town Hall meeting that followed.

     CSC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Scot Mullis says he went in considering a turnout of 10 veterans as a success and with thrilled to have 66 sign in and another dozen or more take part without registering.

     The Stand Down featured representatives of a wide range of local, state, and federal agencies and programs that help veterans, including a strong contingent from the Black Hills VA Health Care System led by director Susan Horsman...who was also very pleased with the first Chadron Stand Down.

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The VA in 2016 approved a locally-controversial plan proposed 5 years earlier to close the Hot Springs VA Center and replace it with a local outpatient clinic and a new residential facility in Rapid City. That was put on hold last year by the new VA Secretary for a review of all facilities nationally and creation of a strategic plan.

     Horsman says it's business as usual in Hot Springs until the review and plan finished, adding that she has no idea when that might be.


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