New quarters bring flexibility, efficiency to staff
The Cherokee County Veterans Affairs office recently moved from the Cherokee County Courthouse to the West side of the Northwest Reality office building at the corner of Fourth Street and Main Street in downtown Cherokee.
"This is a lot better situation. I don't have to follow the courthouse hours," said Dana Evans, Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Director. "I can come and go here, or stay longer in this office, or if somebody needs to, we can meet during hours that might be more convenient. It's a more friendly environment," said Evans.
"I'm here to serve the veterans. There are programs out there for veterans and I'm here to help the veterans with those programs" commented Evans.
"The Veterans Affairs are putting the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans first. They need our help right now. We need to do things right and to do it better than its been done in the past. The women veterans is a new area and I would like to see more women use the VA. The VA hospital in Sioux Falls has doctors just for the women veterans," said Evans.
"One of the things I do here is help veterans with Disability Claims. You have to know the questions to ask for disability and how to fill out the forms. There are programs out there to help wives and families while their husband/fathers are away and that's just some of the things that this office is for," said Evans.
The new office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or you can call Evans at home for an appointment at 712-282-4362. "I am hoping to try to be open at night on the fourth Thursday each month," said Evans.
One other benefit that the new office brings is that parking is right in front of the building or a small parking lot just across the street.
On March 14 the office will be holding its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public to come on down and see the new office and a chance to visit with veterans who will be on hand. Although the grand opening will be in a couple of weeks, the office is open right now. "I've had many vets stop in already. They know if my truck is parked outside that the door is open," said Evans.
Speaking of doors, Evans said that there is some work that still needs to be done before the grand opening. One thing on his to-do list is replacing the door on the lower level of the office to make it more handicap accessible. Also, they need to still put up their sign, which Evans reported will be up soon.