U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
|Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Annual budget:||138.5 billion (2013)|
|Total employed:||295,742 (2011)|
The Department of Veterans Affairs employed 295,742 people in 2011. Among the agencies overseen by the Department are the National Cemetery Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration.
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.
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.
The official Department mission statement is as follows:
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|“||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.||”|
Eric Shinseki currently holds the position of Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
|Secretaries of Veterans Affairs Full History|
|Secretary of Veterans Affairs||Years in office||Nominated by||Confirmation vote|
|Ed Derwinski||1989-1992||George H.W. Bush|
|Jesse Brown||1993-1997||Bill Clinton|
|Togo D. West, Jr.||1998-2000||Bill Clinton|
|Anthony Principi||2001-2005||George W. Bush|
|Jim Nicholson||2005-2007||George W. Bush|
|James B. Peake||2007-2009||George W. Bush|
|Eric Shinseki||2009-Present||Barack Obama|
Note: Votes marked "N/A" represent voice votes or unrecorded votes. Missing votes will be filled as they are researched.
The requested budget for the 2013 fiscal year is $138.5 billion, 9.2% higher than the 2012 budget of $126.8 billion.
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.
The budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs was not impacted by the sequestration.
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- Official Department of Veterans Affairs website
- Official Department of Veterans Affairs blog
- Department of Veterans Affairs on Facebook
- Department of Veterans Affairs on Twitter
- Department of Veterans Affairs Youtube channel
- Department of Veterans Affairs on Flickr
- Department of Veterans Affairs, "About VA," accessed January 10, 2013
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "History - VA History," accessed January 10, 2014
- Real Clear Politics, "Senate Confirms 6 cabinet secretaries," January 20, 2008
- Department of Veterans Affairs, "Annual Budget Submission (FY 2013 Budget Submission)," accessed January 10, 2014
- Department of Veterans Affairs, "Organization," accessed January 10, 2014
- Department of Veterans Affairs, "VA 2014 Budget Fast Facts," accessed January 10, 2014
- The Best Places to work in the Federal Government, "Agency Report: Department of Veterans Affairs," accessed January 10, 2014
- Washington Post, "VA dodges budget cuts, but veterans will still feel effects of the sequester," March 8, 2013