What VA does for the Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is very proud of its noble and sacred mission to serve veterans by providing them with a great variety of benefits and opportunities. What do we do for our veterans? We offer many services and benefits to meet veterans’ needs:
HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is responsible for providing high-quality, efficient and accessible health care to veterans in the largest health care system in the United States. In addition to its medical care mission, VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. VHA also provides emergency medical preparedness and disaster response.
VA has hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, domiciliaries and readjustment counseling centers all over the country just for veterans. VA provides veterans a broad range of medical, surgical, psychiatric, and rehabilitative care.
The Veterans Benefits Administration helps veterans, as well as their families, in many ways by providing them with numerous benefits and services.
Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits
VA pays money to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while he or she was in the military. This is called disability compensation. The monthly amount of compensation depends upon how disabled the veteran is and the number of dependent family members the veteran has. In some circumstances, veterans not getting compensation may receive a pension and other financial benefits that they have earned with honor.
These benefits allow many veterans and those in the military to continue their education, to learn new professions and to have successful careers. Educational programs help veterans pay for their vocational or college education or take classes and tests needed to move up in their current jobs.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
VA plays a very active role in helping veterans who have been injured or became ill during their military service to return to work and live healthy and enjoyable lives.
VA Life Insurance Programs
In 1917, VA began providing life insurance during World War I. Today, VA provides over $750 billion in coverage to millions of veterans, men and women of the military, and their families. VA wants service members and veterans to know that they can get life insurance even if they are hurt or injured in the line of duty.
Home Loan Benefits
Created in 1944 as a way for the United States to say “Thank you” to the Armed Forces men and women who have served their country. Since then this loan guaranty program has helped a lot of veterans buy a home.
The National Cemetery Administration, established during the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln, provides veterans with a final resting place and lasting memorials that honor their service to our Nation.
This benefit includes free burial in a national cemetery, a headstone or marker, perpetual care of the gravesite, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate sent to immediate families honoring the veteran’s service. Military honors for the veteran at the time of the funeral may be provided by the Department of Defense. Certain family members are also eligible for burial in a national cemetery, as well as money for funeral expenses and plot allowances.