American Legion commander calls South Dakota’s VA system ‘exceptional’

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The national commander of the American Legion wrapped up his tour of South Dakota’s Northern Hills, with a stop in Rapid City.

Cmdr. Brett Reistad met with Legion members at Post 22 Friday. He discussed his impression of local VA hospitals and facilities, saying South Dakota’s system seems to be “exceptional.”

Reistad also addressed declining Legion numbers, attributing it to the passing of past generations of soldiers. He plans to expand membership to more recent veterans.

“We have to recognize the fact that those service members who served recently are coming back, and they are going to school, and they’re starting careers, and they’re raising children, and they may not automatically come into our organization. But we want for them to know what it is that we do.”

Reistad also paid visits to Legion posts in Lead, Sturgis and Fort Meade, as well as to the Black Hills National Cemetery.

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