Veteran Affairs

Adaptive Weekend at Great Bear Ski Valley

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-Instructors at Great Bear Ski Valley teamed up with the VA and Sanford Health to give everyone the opportunity to try their hand at skiing. This was the fourth year of Great Bear’s adaptive weekend. It gives people living with visual or mobile impairments a chance to hit the slopes. Experienced skiers and volunteers are there to help…

VA Eager to End Suicide By Promoting Resources and Simple Acts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Veteran suicide rates are on the rise across the country. Nearly 20 veterans die by suicide each day in the U.S. according to Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs. Officials say of those 20 veterans 14 of them have not received recent VA care. The VA is trying to prevent suicide through its resources and promoting simple acts. These…

Veterans Experiencing Difficulties When Ordering New ID Card

  Sioux Falls, S.D. – It’s not uncommon for businesses to offer a discount on a hot meal or movie ticket to veterans. “We’re very fortunate in the state of South Dakota where a lot of the stores and restaurants give a discount to the veterans to honor them for the service and sacrifice they’ve provided,” said Gene Murphy of…

VA Limiting New Hiring As It Aims To Widen Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is opting to leave thousands of positions unfilled. It is citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. The order by VA Secretary David Shulkin is described…