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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary:Eric Shinseki
Deputy Secretary:Vacant
Annual budget:138.5 billion (2013)
Total employed:295,742 (2011)
Year created:1989
Official website:


Executive Departments of the United States

Executive Departments
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Department Secretaries
Chuck HagelJohn KerryJeh JohnsonEric HolderPenny PritzkerArne DuncanJack LewTom VilsackErnest MonizTom PerezAnthony FoxxSally JewellEric ShinsekiShaun Donovan
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a United States executive department formed in 1989 to, in President Lincoln's words, "care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan."[1] The Department stems from the Veterans Administration formed in 1930.[2] The current Secretary of Veterans Affairs is Eric Shinseki, who was confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009.[3]

The Department of Veterans Affairs employed 295,742 people in 2011.[4] Among the agencies overseen by the Department are the National Cemetery Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration.[5]


The 1776 Continental Congress recruited soldiers by promising pensions to those who were disabled during their term of duty. In 1881, the first federal medical facility for veterans was established. Prior to the formation of the facility, states and communities were responsible for the care of veterans. More government-run facilities and homes were established after the Civil War. Benefits increased when the U.S. entered World War I, including, "disability compensation, insurance for service persons and veterans, and vocational rehabilitation for the disabled." With increased benefits and agencies disbursing the benefits, the Veterans Administration was established in 1930, bringing all the agencies together. Frank T. Hines was the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, leading the organization until 1945. The GI Bill was passed in 1944 as the first educational assistance to military personnel.[2]

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was officially established as a cabinet-level department on March 15, 1989, by President George H.W. Bush.[2]



The official Department mission statement is as follows:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.[1]


Eric Shinseki currently holds the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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The requested budget for the 2013 fiscal year is $138.5 billion, 9.2% higher than the 2012 budget of $126.8 billion.[6]


The Best Places to work in the Federal Government is a website that tracks workforce trends in federal agencies. According to their analysis, from 2008-2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs has added an average of 6,147 jobs per year.[7]


The budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs was not impacted by the sequestration.[8]

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