The Cherokee Nation Office of Veterans Affairs is building a veterans service center adjacent to the Warriors' Memorial on the grounds of the W. W. Keeler Tribal Complex just south of Tahlequah, Ok. Initial ground preparation work has already begun on the project which when completed will serve not only Cherokee, but all U.S. military veterans. The new building will have increased office space, a library, display cases and a large community room.
Our vision for the community room is for it to be a place where veterans meet for socializing as well as for organizational meetings. In addition, it could house a senior nutrition site. The community room will be equipped with a commercial kitchen providing great flexibility for many types of functions. The Cherokee Nation will provide the materials and the site with construction to be carried out by volunteers donating their time, talents and expertise to the project.
The Cherokee Veterans Center will be a central location providing networking with other veterans as well as outreach activities for those living in rural areas. The center is intended as a place bound together by patriotism as well as the appreciation and acknowledgement of the sacrifice made by all those who have served our nation. It will provide quality services for veterans and their families, assisting them in accessing the benefits and services due to them from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It will be a safe and confidential environment from which to seek these benefits. These services will be free to all eligible veterans and families. Perhaps most importantly, the center will be a visible sign of the high regard in which the Cherokee Nation holds all veterans.