U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald is scheduled to visit Hot Springs next week, reports the Rapid City Journal. McDonald’s visit follows a final Environmental Impact Statement issued by the agency which recommends closing many of the facilities in Hot Springs in favor of a new hospital in Rapid City.
Difficulties filling medical positions as well as inaccessibility issues were cited as reasons for the closure of most of the Hot Springs facilities. However, veterans, officials and residents of Hot Springs believe that the city best fits the needs of its patrons.
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