This Friday, May 15, Save the VA will be rallying in the streets of Hot Springs to protest the proposed closure of Battle Mountain Sanitarium. Despite VA Secretary Bob McDonald's pledge to not make a decision on the future of this beloved veterans medical facility before completion of the environmental review compliance required by federal law, the agency has implemented several actions that support closure of the campus. These include a fiscal year 2016 federal budget request for third party leasing followed by release of an Expressions of Interest proposal to non-government entities for campus reuse. These steps, coupled with the agency's poorly performed compliance process, have eroded trust with Secretary McDonald and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Join Save the VA and dozens of veterans from Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming at the rally this Friday. The event starts at 8am at Centennial Park in Hot Springs. More details can be found here.