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United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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Established:October 25, 1988
Activated:March 15, 1989
Secretary:Anthony J. Principi[?]
Deputy Secretary:Leo S. Mackay, Jr.[?]
Budget:$59.6 billion (2003)
Employees:224,724 (2003)

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. It was formerly called the Veterans Administration[?] or VA (created in 1930).

On October 25, 1988, President Reagan signed legislation creating a new federal Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs to replace the Veterans Administration effective March 15, 1989.

It is administered by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Operating Functions

  • Compensation and Pension
  • Education and Training - GI Bill
  • Medical Care - VA Hospitals
  • Research
  • Home Loan Assistance
  • Insurance
  • National Cemeteries

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