Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin has decided to postpone the closure of the VA clinic in Hot Springs until a full review of the nation's veteran's clinics can be fully reviewed. According to the Rapid City Journal, the decision was welcomed by South Dakota's congressional members as well as by advocacy groups in Hot Springs as a temporary victory. The fight to keep the facility open, however, is far from over, as the groups must show and demonstrate how important the clinic is to veterans in the area and why it should remain open.
The decision does not impact the expansion of the Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Rapid City or the Members Center National Call Center in Hot Springs, according to KEVN News.
To read up on past and current news related to the Hot Springs VA clinic, click on this Black Hills Knowledge Network online news archive link.
For more information on the VA clinic and attempts to keep it open, check out the group's homepage.