The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs on April 5 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Drew County Courthouse for a new district office in Monticello. The ceremony is set for 1 p.m.

The district office in Monticello is the sixth 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 Gov. Asa Hutchinson in June.

One of State Department of Veterans Affairs 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.

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

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