The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides medical, prescription, surgical, and rehabilitative services to US veterans. A unit of the
Department of Veterans Affairs
, the VHA serves more than 8 million active and former military service members, reservists, and National Guard members called to active duty. Veterans' family members also qualify for services. Operating under a budget of about $150 billion, the health system includes more than 150 hospitals and about 1,300 clinics and centers staffed by more than 50,000 health care practitioners. The VHA also coordinates special programs that address general veteran health issues, such as rehabilitation.
The VHA is focused on a handful of key initiatives through 2015 as laid out in its Strategic Plan, among them ending veteran homelessness by 2015, improving care for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), expanding its mental health services, managing the Post-9/11 GI Bill (which provides financial support for education and housing), and eliminating the claims backlog by 2015.