O'Brien Co. Veteran's Affairs
O'Brien County Veteran's Affairs personnel can assist veterans, their widows, widowers, wives and minor children with VA pensions, compensations, medical care, nursing care, aid and attendance, home loan assistance, education, and burial benefits.
The veteran must have the following qualifications: Discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Certain VA benefits require wartime service.
To Serve the Veteran's Need
O'Brien County Veteran's Affairs Administrator Deanna Akeson is available to help County Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve.
Those seeking a VA benefit for the first time must submit a copy of their service discharge form DD214, which documents service dates and type of discharge, or give their full name, military service number, branch of service and dates of service.
Staff can assist in obtaining a copy of the form DD214 for the veteran, if needed.
- Assistance filing for VA pensions, compensations, medical care, nursing care, aid and attendance, home loan assistance, education, and burial benefits.
- Temporary assistance to indigent veterans, widows, widowers, wives, and minor children for food, shelter, utilities, medical care, and burial assistance (certain guidelines apply).
- Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free Transportation to the VAMC - Sioux Falls
O'Brien County veterans are able to ride a new DAV Transportation Van to the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center!
In collaboration with the County VA Service Offices in Clay, Palo Alto and Sioux Counties, O'Brien County VA Administrator Deanna Akeson has worked to provide free transportation for O'Brien County veterans with appointments at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center. Be sure to let your VA healthcare provider know you are a van rider, so appointment times can be coordinated.
The van is staffed by a network of volunteer drivers. The route originates in Clay County and travels through O'Brien and Sioux counties via Highway 18. There are specific stops in each of the cities along Highway 18. You must contact the office to reserve a seat and ride to the VA Medical Center. There may be times the van is full or a driver is unavailable.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver or wish to know more about transportation services to the medical center, give the O'Brien County VA office a call or send an email.
Veteran Service Organizations throughout the county must be acknowledged and thanked for their support of the veteran's transportation van, for without their verbal and monetary support this dream would not have been realized! Thank you once again for your continuing service!