Veterans Affairs

Design Nearly Complete for South Dakota State Veteran Cemetery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Plans are coming together for South Dakota’s first state-run veteran cemetery that will give veterans the option to be buried on the southeastern side of South Dakota. Back in October, the city of Sioux Falls donated more than 60 acres of land on the northeast side of town for this cemetery. It may look empty now, but…

Supporting Area Veterans with Military Carnival and Resource Fair

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It’s likely that you or someone you know has a military connection. One Sioux Falls organization is hoping to better serve those who have served our country. The Community Action for Veterans group hosted its first Military Family Carnival and resource fair Friday night. Events ranged from games to informational booths plus a talk by South…

Hospital Groups Creating Company To Make Cheap Generic Drugs

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs. The plan, announced Thursday, follows years of shortages of generic injected medicines that are the workhorses of hospitals, along with some huge price hikes for once-cheap generic drugs. Those problems drive…

Korean War Veteran Awarded Purple Heart In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Senator John Thune awarded a Korean War Veteran with a purple heart today. 91-year-old Eugene Coyle was awarded with the purple heart at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  He says even though the war wasn’t considered “the big one,” the Korean war felt just as significant. “I wasn’t in the big one. If you was…

VA Secretary Shulkin Says He’s Considering Closing 1,100 VA Facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his department is seeking to close perhaps more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide. At a House hearing, Shulkin said the VA had identified more than 430 vacant buildings and 735 that he described as underutilized. He said the VA would work with Congress in prioritizing buildings for closure and was considering…

VA Unveils Website On Quality Of Care As Big Changes Await

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Department of Veterans Affairs is unveiling a first-of-its-kind website aimed at providing information on the quality of care at VA medical centers. The agency says it will help bring new accountability even as it grappled Wednesday with fresh questions of patient safety. The VA website, www.accesstocare.va.gov, is a work in progress. It provides preliminary data on…

Congress OKs Bill To Extend VA Program Widening Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation to extend a program widening veterans’ access to private-sector health care. By voice vote Wednesday, the House agreed to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year. Without legislation, the program will expire on Aug. 7 with nearly…

Veterans Compete in Art Competition

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Veterans who’ve served our country, compete in an Arts Competition at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. About 60 Veterans put their artwork out there for the community to enjoy.  Veterans came from across the region to participate in the free event.  The VA says this is the first step for Veterans to compete in…

Report Finds Flaws In Mental Health Care At St. Louis VA

Health Care Officials Insuffciently Investigated The Death Of a Mental Health Patient

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Veterans Administration health care officials insufficiently investigated the death of a mental health patient who killed himself, according to a report from the VA Office of Inspector General. The OIG launched an investigation in 2014 after concerns were raised by Dr. Jose Mathews, the St. Louis VA’s former chief of psychiatry. Mathews alleged in a…