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United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Established:October 25, 1988
Activated:March 15, 1989
Secretary:Anthony J. Principi
Deputy Secretary:Leo S. Mackay, Jr
Budget:$59.6 billion (2003)
Employees:224,724 (2003)

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. It was formerly called the Veterans Administration or VA (created in 1930). It is the federal government's second largest department. With a budget of more than $51 billion, VA employs approximately 219,000 people at hundreds of VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country.

On October 25, 1988, President Reagan signed legislation creating a new federal Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs to replace the Veterans Administration effective March 15, 1989.

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

Table of contents
1 Operating Functions
2 Related Legislation
3 External Links

Operating Functions

Related Legislation

External Links