United States Department of Veterans Affairs
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benefit system with Cabinet
United States Cabinet
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-level status. It is the United States government’s second largest department, after the United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Defense
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. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and 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
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
The United States Secretary of Veterans' Affairs is the head of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans' benefits and related matters...
The Continental Congress
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of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
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by providing pensions for soldiers who were disabled.