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United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Overview#

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA or DVA) is a United States Federal Agency of United States federal government within the United States Executive Branch whose United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is a member of the United States Cabinet and is Responsible for the military veteran benefit system.

While veterans benefits have been provided since the Revolutionary War, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs itself was founded in 1930, and became the cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, with a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, United States Department of Veterans Affairs employs nearly 345,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. In 2012, the proposed budget for VA was $132 billion.[1] VA 2014 budget request for 2014 was $152.7 billion. This included $66.5 billion in discretionary resources and $86.1 billion in mandatory funding. The discretionary budget request represented an increase of $2.7 billion, or 4.3 percent, over the 2013 enacted level.[2]

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

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