Looks like South Dakota wasn’t alone when the bids came in considerably higher than expected for the proposed new state veterans home at Hot Springs. A recent story in The Denver Post highlighted the trend nationally on federal VA projects, including the new hospital at Aurora, Colorado. Likewise for hospital projects in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Orlando, according to the June 16 newspaper article. The Aurora hospital project began on the drawing board at $185 million to $200 million as part of a new Colorado University hospital. That was 16 years ago. Now the new stand-alone VA hospital carries a Congress-authorized price tag of $800 million and is scheduled for completion in 2015 or thereafter.