Post # 15

 

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A Call To Action from Greg Whitlock, The SD Secretary of Veteran Affair. "PASSED" 

Your action worked! Thank you.

Recently, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its health care facility recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission. These proposals are the first step in a multi-year process. Under the law, all VA proposals are required to be reviewed by the Commission, the President, and Congress.

In 2018, the VA MISSION Act was signed into law. Among its many provisions, the law instructed the VA to review all health care facilities in its nationwide network. It also required the VA to make recommendations for proposed changes to the AIR Commission.

For South Dakota, the report shows the following proposals for the east river footprint: reduce emergency room capacity to urgent care in Sioux Falls, continue expansion of outpatient services, add 30 nursing home beds, and close the Wagner community-based outpatient clinic. For the VA west river footprint, the recommendation is to add a new VA Medical Center and Community Living Center in Rapid City, relocate psychosocial rehab from Hot Springs to Rapid City, change existing Hot Springs and Fort Meade campuses to outpatient care only, and relocate all Hot Springs and Fort Meade in-patient services to Rapid City.

Here is the timeline moving forward: the Commission will review the report, hold hearings, and submit their recommendations to the President. The President will review and approve/disapprove and submit the findings to Congress, which will have 45 days to respond. If approved, the VA will have to begin implementing the recommendations.

Some things that concern the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs include: would veterans be forced to rely on uncoordinated, private, for-profit care? Would veterans face long wait times for care? Would veterans be without the unique expertise and integrated services that only the VA provides? Would veterans pay more out-of-pocket expenses?  Would providers wait months for reimbursement from the VA?

Our veterans faced many challenges while serving our country – hostile environments, exposure to toxins, intense heat and cold, dehydration, sandstorms, sleep deprivation, lengthy deployments, multiple deployments, survivor’s guilt, missing family milestones, and more.

Our veterans wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount up to and including their life. They fought our wars, defended our freedoms, and protected our way of life. Let’s make sure we are fighting for them and protecting their way of life. It is our nation’s solemn obligation to provide veterans the health care, services and support they have earned.

Before Congress and the President implement any recommended changes to VA medical services, we need to make sure these changes are in the best interest of our veterans and their families. Cost should not be the factor.

That’s why we need to hear from our veterans about their thoughts, wishes, and needs for medical care.  Are we as a country meeting those needs? We ask that you share your thoughts by writing us at:

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

425 E. Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501

Or, by emailing us a message. Go to our website:

https://vetaffairs.sd.gov/aboutsddva/

contactus.aspx#general, and scroll down to general

inquiries and click on the email button on the right side.

At the end of each day, our true measure of success will be the timeliness, the quality, and the consistency of the services provided to our veterans. They deserve nothing less. To all those who have faithfully served, we thank you!

 

Greg Whitlock, Secretary

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs

 

 

***NEXT POST 15 MEMBERSHIP MEETING*** 

September 6 - GOAL is to fill the meeting room! 

 (always the 1st Tuesday) @ 1900 hrs use the north door

                                                               At the Post, 1700 West Russell, in the Spirit of America meeting room or by ZOOM 

     Email legionoffice.al@gmail.com to get a ZOOM link.  Please call 605.336.3470  with any questions. 

Watch here and on FB for possible cancellations of membership meetings and all events. 

JULY 1, 2022 dues will be $40 per year.     Please mark your calendar to renew in July each year.

Create a "mylegion" account at legion.org and you can create an automatic renewal.  

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*** NEXT PANCAKE BREAKFAST***

 Legion pancake breakfast  Sunday September 4, 2022

 8:30am - noon with a bake sale  

1ST Sunday of every month all year long! 

American Flags for sale & Homemade gifts for sale too! 

 
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***NEXT UNIT 15 MEMBERSHIP MEETING *** 

August 9

2nd Tuesday @ 7pm use the north door

 At the Post, 1700 West Russell - in the Spirit of South Dakota meeting room or by ZOOM 

     Email legionoffice.al@gmail.com to get a ZOOM link.  Please call 605.336.3470  with any questions. 

Watch here and on FB for possible cancellations of membership meetings and all events. 

 

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**** NEXT POST 15 MONTHLY DINNER - AUGUST 16***

   Always the 3rd Tuesday @ 1730 Hrs

RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER ARE SUGGESTED please call 605.336.3470

Open to the public THIS MONTH ONLY, veterans come check out our post! 

NORMALLY THIS IS A MEMBER ONLY EVENT

AUGUST MENU - Hog Roast & Sweet Corn 

donated by Our Family Farms (member Wesley Austin)

Alliance main floor @ 1730 hrs (dinner at 1830 hrs) 1600 West Russell

 
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American Legion & VFW Auxiliary 

Bingo Night

 

Social Hour 5:00 – 6:00

Dinner 6:00

Bingo – approximatley 6:30

 

What’s on the Menu??

 

 

Aug 23        Hot Turkey

Sept 27    Pork Chop/loin

Oct 25        Country Fried Steak

Nov        No Stag

Dec         No Stag

 

All meals come with additional fixings.  Menus are subject to change due to availability.

 

Meal reservations are required - contact with Barb Hayes at 

605-376-7972 by the Friday prior to monthly social/dinner. 

 

If reservations are not made, you will be able to oder from the menu. 

Reservations ensure food on the choosen menu is available for all. 

 
 
MORE INFORMATION:
 

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Your SIOUX FALLS Post 15 office has moved to the ARMORY which is just to the west of the main Alliance building.     

The address is 1700 West Russell, Suite 510, SFSD 57104                  Phone 605.336.3470

                                                         

                                                          See the membership page 2 for information on the                                                                    "SAL" Sons of American Legion,  Legion Riders, "ALA" American Legion Auxiliary and the Legion Chorus

 

South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance - known as "the Alliance" is OPEN to all - military, veterans and the public!

Gun range, Lobo Lounge, Patriot Grill & Hanger Gift Shop, Barber Shop & Theater

 Call 605.271.1582 for specific information 

NOON LUNCHES at the Alliance at 1600 West Russell are served from 11am - 1pm 

The noon specials change - go to: https://www.southdakotaalliance.org/Menu.pdf

 

 

 

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