Veterans Affairs

In The Moment ... November 8, 2017 Show 216 Hour 1 

In October of 1993, Sgt Michael Goodale fought in and survived the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. It was a bloody and brutal event that was fictionalized in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

Mike Goodale is a former Army Ranger and Purple Heart recipient. He visits Brookings tonight as part of SDSU's Warrior Week event at the South Dakota Art Museum.

In The Moment ... June 27, 2017 Show 123 Hour 1

Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared today Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Day in the state of South Dakota. Coming up during our first hour, we talk with veterans and service providers about trauma and healing.  About 7 or 8 out of every 100 Americans will have PTSD at some point in their lives. For veterans, those numbers rise. How do you know when you need help? What if someone you love is suffering? What happens when PTSD turns violent?

In The Moment...January 11 2017 Show 008 Hour 1

Guests: Marty Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General; Larry Zimmerman, South Dakota Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Nancy York, new SD lawmaker representing District 5

VA Secretary Visits Hot Springs

Nov 30, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald says he has yet to make a decision whether to close the VA facility in Hot Springs. McDonald took a tour of the hospital Wednesday morning.

McDonald’s visit comes after an Environmental Impact Statement says the VA prefers to close a major part of the facility and move many services to Rapid City.

For over five years Veterans Affairs has been talking about closing the VA facility in Hot Springs.

The hospital is known in part for its Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment program.

VA Prefers Move Out Of Hot Springs In EIS

Nov 10, 2016
Nicole Griffith / SDPB

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Black Hills is continuing to push for a move to Rapid City from Hot Springs.  The agency released an Environmental Impact Statement detailing its plans.

But South Dakota’s congressional delegation, and many Hot Springs area veterans and residents are critical of the move.

The Environmental Impact Statement or EIS says the Veterans Affairs Black Hills Healthcare system hopes to construct a multi-specialty outpatient clinic and 100 bed residential rehabilitation treatment program in Rapid City.

Erin Mairose

The VA Health Care System is undertaking $20 million dollars in construction and renovations on its facility in Sioux Falls. Officials hope the additional space will help doctors provide better care to area veterans.

Darwin Goodspeed is the Director of the VA Health Care System in Sioux Falls. He says not having space for doctors to see patients is a limiting factor in providing care. 

Dakota Midday: VA Spreads PTSD Awareness

Jun 20, 2016

Dr. Kyle Lythgoe, psychologist for the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls and specialist in post-traumatic stress injuries, joins us to talk about PTSD Awareness Month and PTSI Day.

VA Begins Initiative for more Volunteers

Jun 28, 2015
Erin Mairose

The VA needs more volunteers. A nationwide initiative called a “Summer of Service” hopes to attract more volunteers to assist at Veteran facilities. 

Brenda Stevens is a spokesperson for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. She says fewer people are volunteering and she hopes a nationwide initiative will encourage more people to donate a few hours of their time to assist a veteran.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The director of the VA Health Care System in Sioux Falls says South Dakota doesn’t have the wait list problems plaguing other veterans hospitals nationwide.

The Veterans Affairs inspector general believes the scandal is systemic. Federal reports show workers at some VA locations around the country lied about treatment for veterans and falsified records to reflect shorter wait times than veterans encountered.

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System Director Darwin Goodspeed says that didn’t happen – and isn’t happening – in his hospital.

SD Veterans Affairs Starts Outreach

Jan 15, 2014