The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this week that indicated the agency prefers a Rapid City location for a new outpatient clinic and residential rehabilitation treatment program, reports South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The EIS indicated that a smaller clinic would still be housed in an existing building on the Hot Springs campus.
VA officials noted that a move to Rapid City would facilitate filling staffing positions and providing veterans with access to transportation and housing. Before a final decision is made, VA Secretary Robert McDonald will visit Hot Springs community members.
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