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Rep. Smith urging Nebraskans to voice support of Hot Springs VA during panhandle meetings

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Congressman Adrian Smith  is encouraging Nebraskans to speak out about the proposed closure of the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  After receiving a letter from Smith and other members of Congress from the region, the VA announced an extension of the public comment period through August 16, 2014.  The VA also plans to hold a series of public meetings including three in Nebraska’s Third District.  

“I am pleased the Veterans Administration has agreed to our request to extend the comment period regarding the Hot Springs VA facility, and will hold public meetings in the Third District,” says Congressman Smith.  “Many veterans in Nebraska want to continue to receive care at the Hot Springs facility and I hope Nebraskans will take advantage of this opportunity to have their voices heard.”

 Members of the public are encouraged to submit their comments and opinions before August 16, 2014 by e-mailing:  Comments can also be submitted anonymously online at:, or mailed to:

Staff Assistant to the Director
VA Black Hills Health Care System
113 Comanche Road
Fort Meade, SD 57741

Public meetings in the Third District are being hosted by the VA at the following dates and locations: 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. MDT
Chadron State College, Student Center Ballroom
1000 Main Street, Chadron, NE

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. MDT
Alliance High School, Performing Arts Center
1450 Box Butte Avenue, Alliance, NE


Wednesday, June 25, 2014
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. MDT
Gering Civic Center
1050 M Street, Gering, NE

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