United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
|Seal of the Department of Veterans Affairs|
|Formed||October 25, 1988|
|Annual budget||$73.2 billion (2006)|
|Agency executive||Robert Wilkie, Secretary|
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. The benefits provided include disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits. It is administered by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.