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Calls for VA to reconsider proposed closure.
Read more at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered/locations/battle-mountain-sanitarium.html


"The public comment period is now upon us. The Notice of Intent published by the VA will accept your public comments through June 16, 2014, just 30 days. Save The VA has asked South Dakota's congressional representatives to request from the VA a formal extension, minimum of 30 days, maximum of 60 days, to the comment period but we can't count on the VA agreeing to the extension.

We cannot stress enough that you MUST get your comments finalized and submitted. Individuals should be working with their EIS workgroup facilitators or if anyone has further questions or desires help can contact Scott or Justin at the Hot Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 605-745-4140. The initial public comment period is what makes or breaks the EIS. Remember, the initial public comment period is what makes or breaks the EIS.

There are several ways to submit comments.
1. Submit written comments on VA's notice of intent to prepare an integrated EIS through www.Regulations.gov (Link is to the new docket made after the deadline extension was granted.)
2. Submit written comments on VA's notice of intent to prepare an integrated EIS through vablackhillsfuture@va.gov
3. Comments may also be submitted to Staff Assistant to the Director, VA Black Hills Health Care System, 113 Comanche Rd., Fort Meade, SD 57741
4. Submit comments (with an option to submit anonymously) to the contractor directly at www.blackhillseis.com
4. Comments may still be taken to the Mueller Center to Scott & Justin, who will submit them to VA for you.

We've faced adversity before and come out well prepared to refute the VA's proposal. Knowing the dedication of all you folks, I have no doubt this next step will be no different.

On behalf of the Save The VA Committee thanks for all you've done, it's your work that has made the difference."

Information comes from the Federal Register and VA Black Hills Future Website


WRITING A LETTER? Save the VA's EIS Study groups have put together a document with talking points.

Download it here: EIS Workgroup List


Save the VA: Year Two
Where we are & how far we've come toward rescuing a National Treasure for the future of caring for our nation's heroes.





Author Mary Ellen Goulet's book "Reveille in Hot Springs: The Battle to Save Our VA" is available through Amazon.com or at Black Hills Books & Treasures.

"Reveille in Hot Springs" is a compelling read from cover to cover, culled from a year and a half of taking testimonials from veterans who have been treated at the Hot Springs VA. The original testimonials were sent to Washington, D.C. along with Save the VA's counter-proposal and this book represents only a sampling of the thousands of men & women who served our country. From WWII to OIF/OEF, the voices of the veterans echo one sentiment: Protect our VA.

Kirkus Reviews called "Reveille in Hot Springs" an "infuriating, stinging rebuke to politicians who leave returning soldiers to their own devices" and that "Readers may come away from this collection believing that the government should be cloning it [the Hot Springs VA] in every state."

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 Save the VA is an organization based in Hot Springs, South Dakota, dedicated to protecting the legacy of the 105-year old VA Medical Center & Domiciliary in our community, which has been threatened with closure by VA administrators.


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The Save the VA Executive Committee currently consists of 15 primary members. They are, in alphabetical order: Don Ackerman, Bryan Brewer, Amanda Campbell, Don De Vries, Barb Fetters, Justin Gausman, Rich Gross, Scott Haden, Stu Marty, Karen Meston, Bob Nelson, Bruce Rampelberg, Paul Smith, and Pat Russell.

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