Ark. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to Unveil District Office in Hope

Friday, May 26, 2017 9:00 am

Ark. Dept. of Veterans Affairs to Unveil District Office in Hope
~ADVA fulfills commitment to bring services closer to veterans

WHO:              Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA)

WHAT:            will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for ADVA’s District 8 office in Hope

WHEN:            Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 1 pm 

WHERE:          The event will take place at the Department of Workforce Services’ Hope office, 205 Smith Road, Suite A, Hope, Ark.

WHY:               Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) will unveil the last of eight new district offices, created to bring agency veteran service officers closer to the veterans and counties they serve.

The regionalization is part of an initiative under the agency’s first-ever strategic plan approved by Governor Hutchinson in June. One of ADVA’s three core missions is the responsibility for the veteran service officer network. The network is designed to connect veterans and their families to services at the local, state and federal level. The agency is also responsible for the activities, training and testing of all county veteran service officers throughout Arkansas.

ADVA committed to open five new district offices by 2020. This ceremony marks the seventh of those offices, fulfilling their commitment four years ahead of schedule. The new offices also include locations in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Mountain Home, Forrest City and Monticello.

Previously, veterans from across the state seeking assistance from an agency veteran service officer, or ADVAcate, had to travel to North Little Rock, Arkansas. 

In 2015, ADVA assisted an average of 400-450 Veterans a month at their office in North Little Rock. Last month, ADVA assisted over 1,500 Veterans in the communities where they live.

Governor Asa Hutchinson will provide the keynote address.