WASHINGTON, Feb, 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Commander Charles E. Schmidt of The American Legion is callingon VA Secretary David Shulkin to reverse the department's decision made under the previous secretary to end needed services at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, S.D.
While Hot Springs will continue to offer outpatient services, many veterans will have to travel to Rapid City in order to receive the medical care that they need. Delegates to the 2016 American Legion national convention unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming the organization's support to keeping the facility and residential rehabilitation services in Hot Springs. The American Legion also called for the creation of a Center for Excellence to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse and homeless prevention at Hot Springs.
With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion, www.legion.org, was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.
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