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Veterans in Hot Springs protesting closing of historic Veterans Affairs medical campus


HOT SPRINGS, South Dakota — Veterans and residents of Hot Springs are marching through the town to protest what they see as the inevitable closure of the historic Veterans Affairs medical campus.

The Save the VA group is organizing the march that begins at 8 a.m. Friday. They're dubbing the event the "Keep the Promise; Stop the Lies" rally.

The group argues that the VA has planned to close the 108-year-old campus for some time and will eventually do so.

The VA denies it has made any decisions and has hired an independent contractor to conduct an environmental assessment before taking any action.

The protesters plan to start at Centennial Park in Hot Springs and march to the main entrance of the VA to picket and demonstrate. They plan to continue picketing through next week.

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