Washington, D.C. | U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and John Thune (R-SD) and Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald inviting him to personally visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs, which is a part of the VA Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS).
The delegation reiterated its opposition to the VA’s planned closing of the VA hospital in Hot Springs that was first proposed in December 2011.
The delegation writes: “As a part of your travels, we invite you to visit the BHHCS in Hot Springs. It is important for you to visit and see firsthand the quality care provided and hear from those personally impacted by the VA’s proposal. For more than 100 years, veterans have been coming to Hot Springs to receive health care, earning the community the title of “The Veteran’s Town.” A visit to Hot Springs will bring the issues surrounding the proposed restructuring to light in ways that a bureaucratic memo cannot.”