- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - The Cherokee Nation has opened a $2 million center in Tahlequah for military veterans.

The 8,700-square-foot Cherokee Nation Veterans Center has a community room, library, kitchen and sunroom. It was funded by the Cherokee Nation and is open Monday through Friday for military veterans to visit or seek guidance from the tribe’s office of Veteran Affairs.

Center manager Ricky Robinson says a lot of veterans just want to talk, often about their experiences. Robinson says they can do that at the center, but that it can also help them get help from a licensed counselor in the tribe or through Veterans Affairs.

The Cherokee Nation estimates there are more than 4,000 Cherokee veterans.