US Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Overview

Established in 1989, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides federal benefits to US military veterans and their families. The agency is the second largest of the 15 cabinet departments and offers health-care, financial assistance, and burial benefits programs. More than 60 million people -- veterans, their family members, and survivors of veterans -- are eligible for the VA's benefits. Each year the VA's annual budget is around $125 billion, which typically includes about $40 billion going toward its medical programs and the rest for disability and pensions. Other benefits include education assistance, home loans, life insurance, and vocational rehabilitation.

The agency is requesting a budget of $140 billion for 2013.

The most visible of the VA's services is its medical care system. The agency operates some 150 hospitals and 1,000 clinics and care facilities across the country. The VA also maintains some 130 national cemeteries and that number is growing. It puts aside around $250 million each year for maintenance and operations for its cemeteries. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs was established  to replace the Veterans Administration, which was created in 1930. Under its predecessor the first GI Bill began in 1944.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs


810 Vermont Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20420-0001
Phone: 1 (202) 461-4800
www.va.gov

STATS


  • Employer Type: Government Agency
  • Chief of Staff: John Gingrich
  • Deputy Secretary: W. Scott Gould
  • Secretary: Eric Shinseki

Major Office Locations

  • Washington, DC

SALARY FINDER

SALARY FINDER

Health Service Administrator

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Yearly Salary Range (US$ Thousands)