St. Croix Office of Veterans Affairs to Officially Reopen

The flags of the Virgin Islands Veterans Affairs and United States of America (Source file photo)

The Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs will officially reopen in the Eryle Alric Rohlsen Veterans Affairs Building in Estate Richmond.

The late Eryle Alric Rohlsen answered the first call to duty by enlisting in the United States Army in July of 1944 until he was honorably discharged in April of 1946 at the rank of tech sergeant. After his separation from the military, Rohlsen continued as a servant within his community, the U.S. Virgin Islands. He served in the capacity of Commander of the American Legion District 10 and was also elected as the first, and thus far the only person from the Virgin Islands, to be elected as president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.

Director of the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs Patrick D. Farrell (Source file photo)

The staff of the Eryle Alric Rohlsen Veterans Affairs Building was relocated in 2016 due to wear and tear and the need for renovation to the building. During the initial process, the building suffered additional damages as a direct result of the 2017 hurricane season, which further delayed the process.

“We are happy to be back at our new and improved home office. It is also our pleasure to assist the Bryan/Roach Administration in progressively ensuring that the legacy of Virgin Islands heroes/honorees continue to live on appropriately,” said Director Patrick D. Farrell.

Note: Due to social distancing recommendations, the VA will make this ceremony available via social media and the government access channel. The VA asks that persons with official invitations be the only ones physically in attendance.

For date, time and more information, contact the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs at 774-VETS (8387) or 773-VETS (8387) or email

Veterans can get up-to-date information on the Office of Veterans Affairs website at by calling the office at 774-8387 or by texting the word VIVets (no spaces) to 888-652-8387.