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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Contact Information

Director of Communications & Inquiries
Consumer Affairs Service (075B)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

1-800-827-1000 (Voice - Toll-free), VA Benefits
202-273-5770 (Voice), Customer Service: Complaints, Comments, Concerns
202-273-5716 (FAX),
301-427-3000 (BBS),
1-800-829-4833 (Voice - TDD),

Internet Resources


Abstract

The Veterans Administration was established in 1930 and elevated to cabinet level on March 15, 1989, and is now the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA provides a wide range of veterans' benefits in such areas as health care, education, housing, disability pensions, and life insurance. Through its network of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, the VA provides a full range of medical, long-term care, and patient support services. Veterans with service-related illnesses or injuries receive priority for VA medical services, and special consideration is also given to veterans who are in financial need, over 65 years old, or holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The VA is also involved in medical research and the training of health professionals. Training programs include graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education, a medical library, and assistance for health manpower training institutions. VA benefits are restricted to U.S. military veterans.

Publications

The VA publishes annual reports and booklets describing its benefits and programs, and produces audiovisual materials for medical staff training.

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Notes

Authorizing Legislation: Public Law 100-527.

Audit

Date Entered: 5/1/1997
Date Edited: 11/27/2012
Date Revised: 11/7/2007 12:51:06 PM
Health Referral Number: HR1604
Accession Number: DP91A0430

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