VA is short for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Before 1988, it was called the Veterans Administration. It is a government agency responsible for providing services to veterans. Although it is well known for its hospitals and health care benefits, VA administers a long list of programs ranging from job training and placement to readjustment counseling.
The Veterans Administration was created in 1930 when President Hoover signed an Executive Order which effectively consolidated various veterans’ programs and bureaus into one entity. Over the following decades, its role expanded, and in 1988 it became a Cabinet-level department. It also received its new and longer name, the Department of Veterans Affairs, though it is commonly referred to as “VA” or “the VA.”
Services Provided by VA
VA’s main areas of focus are health care and disability benefits. However, it also manages national cemeteries and runs a host of programs designed to improve the quality of servicemembers’ and veterans’ lives, both while they are still serving and once they return to a civilian role.
Health Care Services
VA’s health care services include access to hospitals, clinics, and community centers. The VA system has more than 1,600 health care facilities as of 2018, plus hundreds of medical clinics all over the country.
VA also offers many home health services to veterans who have limited mobility or otherwise cannot make it to a VA facility for treatment. Its readjustment counseling centers assist vets who have PTSD or who find it difficult to return to civilian life after deployment.
VA is known for the disability benefits it provides for veterans who suffer injury or illness due to their military service. A veteran with a service-connected medical condition can receive a grant of benefits that includes monthly compensation and free VA health care.
VA runs 135 cemeteries across the country. These burial sites hold the remains of fallen veterans, their spouses, and their children.
Education, Job Placement, Job Training, and Life Insurance
VA offers a wealth of additional services to veterans in the areas of education, job placement, and job training. These services are designed to help veterans advance their careers both during and after they leave the service. When veterans return to civilian life, VA has programs to help them transition.
VA also offers life insurance to protect veterans’ families.
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Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD is dedicated to helping veterans pursue the VA disability benefits they deserve. Our veterans disability lawyers may be able to help you receive VA disability benefits. For a free case evaluation with a member of our staff, call 800-544-9144 today.
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