Smith Encourages Nebraskans to Speak Out on Hot Springs VA Facility

Jun 11, 2014 Issues: Veterans

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) 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,” said 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