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Hoeven, VA director host roundtable to discuss veteran health-care concerns

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

A key piece of federal legislation expected to pass in the next several weeks could ease some of the red tape around local Veterans Affairs clinics and private providers of medical services for veterans.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., held a roundtable i…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Veterans’ health bill talks begin

June 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Derek Wallbank and James Rowley

WASHINGTON — House and Senate lawmakers began negotiations Tuesday on the central question holding up legislation to reduce waiting times at U.S. Veterans Affairs hospitals — how to pay for it.

Republicans…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Thune: SD veterans wait longest for mental health treatment

June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

In the era of post-traumatic stress disorder, high suicide rates and brain injuries resulting from combat, military veterans in South Dakota wait the longest in the Great Plains region for a mental health appointment, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said We…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Review team finds no problems at Fargo VA

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — A review team has found no scheduling problems or irregularities at Fargo’s Veterans Affairs Hospital.
President Barack Obama has ordered investigations at all VA hospitals in the wake of allegations that veterans may have died while awa…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

VA to do study on closing Hot Springs facility

January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAPID CITY (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking another step toward closing the VA campus in Hot Springs, a decision that has upset members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Tim Johnson, D…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

VA to do study on closing Hot Springs facility

January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

RAPID CITY (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is taking another step toward closing the VA campus in Hot Springs, a decision that has upset members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Tim Johnson, D…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Report: VA fails to protect historic buildings

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Carson Walker

SIOUX FALLS — A preservation group’s study of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ properties found that the agency often ignores federal law regarding historic buildings and wastes taxpayer money by erecting new facilit…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

Veterans await shutdown resolution

October 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. Two federal government shutdown episodes stand out for U.S. Rep. Tim Walz. Continue Reading

VA transportation initative set for ‘highly rural’ vets

July 11, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced a new initiative aimed at helping its population served in rural areas. Continue Reading

SD governor cancels special legislative session

June 12, 2013 in The Daily Republic

In a message to lawmakers, the governor said the special session set for June 22 is no longer necessary because the VA has extended the grant, giving the state time to review project plans and seek a scaled-back design. Continue Reading