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.