In 2015, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a commitment to move ten of the state's veterans service officers from the then only VSO in Little Rock out to the agency's ten districts. Since the commitment, ADVA has opened six regional offices across the state; including the recently opened VSO in Monticello.
"Our agency made a commitment in our strategic plan to open five regional VSOs by 2020," said agency director Matt Snead. "If Monticello had not made this office space available in the courthouse, we would have not been able to open this office here in Southeast Arkansas ahead of our 2020 benchmark."
The Monticello VSO is housed on the first floor of the Drew County Courthouse in the space formerly housing the county office of the emergency management (OEM), which were moved to the city's Fire Station 3 late last year.
"When the county judge approached me about relocating the county's OEM to make space available for a regional state veterans office, we jumped on making the needed accommodations," said Mayor Zack Tucker. "Monticello once again stood up and seized opportunity to benefit the region and its local veterans. This office means veterans a can access VA services right here in Monticello, and no longer be forced to find a ride to Little Rock for filling out a form."
The primary purpose of the district offices are to train, accredit and provide day-to-day direct support to veterans and the area's volunteer county veteran service officers.
During the Tuesday ceremonies Director Snead announced Sue Harper, former volunteer Drew County veteran service officer, is to be over the District 9 office in Monticello.
For more information about the Monticello veterans office, contact Harper at Sue.Harper@arkansas.gov or 870-623-6900.