Speak Out for Battle Mountain Sanitarium

November 24, 2015 by Tim Mikulski

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released its much-delayed draft study on the reconfiguration of its Black Hills Health Care System in western South Dakota. The study, required by federal law, identified six possible options to be considered for the future of the Battle Mountain Sanitarium, but unfortunately, the agency has identified Alternative A as its preferred alternative. This option would discontinue services at Battle Mountain Sanitarium and move those services 60 miles north to Rapid City, the very proposal that was set forth in late 2011 before any public input was solicited.

While you can voice your opposition to the closing of Battle Mountain on this website through February 5, 2016, we also encourage you to attend in-person hearings and voice your opposition on the issue in the following locations throughout the region over the next several days:

RAPID CITY, SD: Monday, November 30, Doors open 5:00 p.m.
Meeting 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Best Western Ramkota Hotel,Lincoln Room
2111 N. LaCrosse Street, Rapid City, SD

HOT SPRINGS, SD: Tuesday, December 1, Doors open 5:00 p.m.
Meeting 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Red Rock River Resort
603 N River St, Hot Springs, SD

PINE RIDGE, SD: Wednesday, December 2, Doors open 1:00 p.m.
Meeting 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Pine Ridge School (cafeteria)
101 Thorpe Circle, Pine Ridge, SD

CHADRON, NE: Wednesday, December 2, Doors open 6:00 p.m.
Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Chadron State College, Ballroom in Student Center
1000 Main St, Chadron, NE

ALLIANCE, NE: Thursday, December 3, Doors open 12:30 p.m.
Meeting 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Newberry’s
502 Box Butte Ave., Alliance, NE

SCOTTSBLUFF, NE: Thursday, December 3, Doors open 6:00 p.m.
Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Gering Civic Center, Oregon Trail Room
1050 M St, Gering, NE

See more at: http://www.blackhills.va.gov/vablackhillsfuture

Thank you for your support on this issue, as it is vitally important that our veterans continue to be treated at a place that has provided care to our nation’s heroes for more than a century – it’s what they want and deserve. Thank you!

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