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South Dakota military veterans have the longest waits in the Great Plains region for mental health appointments. At this Hot Springs facility, waits average 41 days. (Dave Larson for The Republic)

Thune: SD veterans wait longest for mental health treatment

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In the era of post-traumatic stress disorder, high suicide rates and brain injuries resulting from combat, military veterans in South Dakota wait the longest in the Great Plains region for a mental health appointment, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.

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