February 8, 2023

Veteran’s Office

North Office

Davison County North Offices (Previous Central Electric Building)

*Please park behind the building, enter the North door, in the back of the main building.*

 

Veteran’s Office

 

Craig Bennett

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (605) 995-8619
Fax: (605) 990-2115

 

Mailing Address:
1420 N. Main St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

Administrator: Craig Bennett, VSO Office: (605) 995-8619
Office Location: Davison County North Offices Cell:    (303) 263-5730
Email: [email protected]soncounty.org Fax:    (605) 990-2115
Benefits Officers: Courtney Ditter and TJ Thomas.

Administrative Assistant: Stephen Laughlin

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Now on Facebook  –   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Davison-County-Veteran-Services/402177323282063


Craig Bennett- Veteran’s Service Officer

Craig is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado; who joined the Navy in 1978, serving his first 6 year enlistment as a Boiler Technician. Upon reenlistment, he converted to a Navy Counselor and volunteered for recruiting duty. Craig retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Navy Counselor in 2001. After retiring, Craig accepted a position with the Federal Health Administration Center, better known as ChampVA. The agency administers benefits to eligible veterans’ dependents.

In 2005, Craig and his wife Sue relocated to Mitchell for family reasons, and Craig began working at the Veteran’s Administration Regional Office in Sioux Falls. After 9 years, Craig applied for an early retirement and took a job in Mitchell.

Craig’s wife, Sue is a 20 year Navy retiree. They are a Navy family as their sons also served in the Navy. They have 5 grandchildren.

Craig has always enjoyed working with veterans and feels it is an honor to serve the area veterans and their families.

 

Courtney Ditter was born in Sioux City, IA, but grew up in Kansas City, MO. In 2013, Courtney joined the Army National Guard as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst, where she also helped train new recruits for the National Guard and prepare them for Basic Training. After her service, Courtney went on to Northwest Missouri State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services, with a minor in Psychology and Sociology, where she also volunteered to help student service members and veterans with school-related issues.

Courtney’s husband, Alex, also served in the Army National Guard for 8 years. In 2017, Courtney and Alex moved to Mitchell, SD to be closer to family. On 13 June, 2022, Courtney was hired as a Veteran’s Service Officer at the Veteran Service Office for Davison County. She has enjoyed serving her county and further enjoys being able to help service her fellow veterans and their families.

TJ Thomas II was born and raised in Chamberlain SD. After graduating High School in 2007, he joined the South Dakota National Guard. He has deployed with C BTRY 1 147th FA and B BTRY 1 147th FA. TJ is still currently serving in B BTRY 1 147th FA. He is married to his wife Kelsey, and have two daughters, Josephine and Eloise. TJ has lived in Mitchell for about 8 years now. He was the commander of VFW post 6436 for 6 years and now looks forward to helping Veterans and the Veterans family members.

Stephen Laughlin is a native of Springfield, Missouri. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1989 serving 2 enlistments until 1996.  After discharge, he worked for USPS as a mail handler in Springfield, MO. After ten years Stephen resigned and started his own company, which was the first of its kind in Southwest Missouri. He used environmentally friendly equipment to clear land.  In 2015, Stephen took the opportunity to become a miner for a large underground aggregate mining company.  Then in 2019 he relocated to Mitchell, SD with his wife, Heather, as she pursued a great career opportunity helping the community of Mitchell.  For a brief period, Stephen worked for the city of Mitchell as heavy equipment operator at the city landfill. They have two children and one grandson.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting VA Hospital Applicants with their Enrollment Forms.
  • Pension Eligibility Verification Reports for eligible Veterans, Widows and Children.
  • Requests Pertaining to Missing Military Records.
  • Assists and Submits G.I. Bill Benefits.
  • Request for Certificates of Eligibility for VA Home Loan Benefits.
  • Applications for Headstone or Grave Markers for Eligible Deceased Military Service Members.
  • Applications for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
  • Submission of appropriate Forms/Records for both Veteran’s Pension Claims and Death Pension benefits for Widows and Children.
  • Assisting Veterans applying for VA Compensation for their Service-Connected Disabilities.

DAV Van

Scheduling hours are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm. Riders must be ambulatory, no wheelchairs. Must give a 3 business day notice for needing a ride. This is ONLY for VA Medical Appointments. Call 605-995-8619.


Contact Us

Veteran’s Service Office
Davison County North Offices
1420 North Main
Mitchell, SD 57301

Phone: (605) 995-8619
Fax: (605) 990-2115
Email: [email protected]