Senator Rounds voices frustration following potential area VA medical facility closings

Senator Rounds says that no decisions are final, the look of the situation is that better care will go to fewer veterans.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Senator Mike Rounds voiced his frustration following the announcement of potential future closings and downsizings of VA Medical Facilities in Fort Meade and Hot Springs.

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds

Senator Rounds says that no decisions are final, the look of the situation is that better care will go to fewer veterans.

The process is still ongoing and is said to be a lengthy one by Senator Rounds, but he says there appears to be no change to immediate care. But he says it’s not a question to if this will impact West River communities, but how.

“There’s lots of people that are retired military that live in western South Dakota,” Senator Rounds said. “They care about how veterans are being treated, their families care about it. This will impact an entire community. We just gotta get the word out as to how serious this is.”

Senator Rounds says that while much is up in the air, it doesn’t look like this announcement will impact the opening of the VA Rapid City Facility next year.

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