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HOT SPRINGS - One month has past since the five-member representative group of the Hot Springs Save the VA committee met with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in Washington, D.C.

Since that time, in addition to waiting on a response from Shinseki, the Save the VA commiittes have continued to meet and form strategies as the movement continues forward.

And although the group is unable to elaborate on details as the Star went to press on Monday, there has been some discussion between the Hot Springs group and the Secretary’s staff in Washington.

Also as a follow-up, Save the VA Veteran’s Committee co-chair Don Ackerman sent a letter to Sec. Shinseki, reminding the Secretary that in the VA’s infamous “green dot” map, more than 3,500 veterans, primarily Native Americans living on reservations were not represented.

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Ackerman reiterated his intention to get veterans, including those on the reservations, registered with the VA Black Hills Health Care System, to give a more correct representation of those veterans living in rural area, than has been shown through the VA’s information thus far.

“No dots to 3,576 illustrates a significant error,” Ackerman’s letter notes, offering to guide Shinseki or his agent and introduce them to “these heroes who were forgotten or simply ignored by your staff.”

Watch for more information on upcoming announcements by Save the VA.

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