- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he won’t visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs until after a study is complete on the potential ramifications of closing the facility.

South Dakota’s congressional delegation in July invited McDonald to the state, as part of efforts to stop the VA from closing the century-old hospital as part of plans to restructure services in western South Dakota.

KCSR radio reports that McDonald says in a letter to the local Save the VA Committee that he doesn’t want to be seen as influencing the process of the study. It’s looking at the potential environmental, cultural, historical, social and economic effects of the proposed changes.

The study isn’t scheduled to be done until late next year.

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Information from: KCSR-AM, https://www.chadrad.com/


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