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VA Campaign appreciative of supporters’ efforts

Published: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

When the Veterans Administration announced its proposal to close the Hot Springs VA last December, the community of Hot Springs came together like never before to try to preserve the veterans’ health care it has been perfecting for more than a century.
That united effort was never more evident than earlier this month when the community hosted the entire South Dakota U.S. Congressional Delegation on April 12 for a listening session at the Hot Springs American Legion.
Throughout the town—leading up to and on that date—signs of patriotism and support for our nation’s veterans was on full display. Red, white and blue ribbon was hung all around town and on the bridge leading to the American Legion; and, painted signs adorned street corners downtown and on fifth street leading up to the VA grounds.
More than 600 people filled to capacity the American Legion that day to hear the Save the VA Campaign tell the U.S. Congressional leaders about their fight while asking for their continued support in that fight.
It was an event made possible by help from the entire community, and Pat Russell, a member of the Executive Group of the Save the VA Campaign said they are very thankful to the community for their efforts over the past few months.
The town’s effort also left a big impression on the delegation that  attended.
“Clearly by the attendance at the town hall and the feedback I have gotten since the VA made their announcement, the Hot Springs community is dedicated to helping veterans,” said Sen. John Thune. “I have been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm the community has shown in efforts to retain services in Hot Springs.”

When the Veterans Administration announced its proposal to close the Hot Springs VA last December, the community of Hot Springs came together like never before to try to preserve the veterans’ health care it has been perfecting for more than a century.

That united effort was never more evident than earlier this month when the community hosted the entire South Dakota U.S. Congressional Delegation on April 12 for a listening session at the Hot Springs American Legion.

Throughout the town—leading up to and on that date—signs of patriotism and support for our nation’s veterans was on full display. Red, white and blue ribbon was hung all around town and on the bridge leading to the American Legion; and, painted signs adorned street corners downtown and on fifth street leading up to the VA grounds.

More than 600 people filled to capacity the American Legion that day to hear the Save the VA Campaign tell the U.S. Congressional leaders about their fight while asking for their continued support in that fight.

It was an event made possible by help from the entire community, and Pat Russell, a member of the Executive Group of the Save the VA Campaign said they are very thankful to the community for their efforts over the past few months.

The town’s effort also left a big impression on the delegation that  attended.

“Clearly by the attendance at the town hall and the feedback I have gotten since the VA made their announcement, the Hot Springs community is dedicated to helping veterans,” said Sen. John Thune. “I have been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm the community has shown in efforts to retain services in Hot Springs.”

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