Overview of the United States Veterans Administration

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established March 15, 1989, with Cabinet rank, succeeding the Veterans Administration and assuming responsibility for providing federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. Headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA is the second largest of the 14 Cabinet departments and operates nationwide programs of health care, assistance services and national cemeteries.

Today, VA provides the world's most comprehensive and diverse programs of benefits for veterans and dependents.

For online access to the VA booklet, "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," go to www.va.gov and click on Public Affairs under Today's VA and then click on Feature Items. That booklet lists federal benefits available to veterans and their dependents.