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Mountain Home VA Healthcare System


Department of Veterans Affairs turns eighty!

Department of Veterans Affairs Seal

Happy 80th!

On July 21, 1930, President Herbert Hoover issued Executive Order 5398 (Coordination and Consolidation of Governmental Activities Affecting Veterans), which established the Veterans Administration (VA) to, as he said "... make important economies in administration of hospitalization and domiciliary questions and in the better handling of fiscal relations with veterans."

The Order consolidated three offices: the Bureau of Pensions (from the Department of the Interior) responsible for providing pensions to eligible Civil War and Spanish American Veterans; the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (ten domiciliaries for homeless or elderly veterans established to care for indigent Civil War veterans); and the United States’ Veterans Bureau, which included a veteran’s health care system of 97 hospitals, the Nation’s compensation program for disabled veterans, an insurance program, and a vocational rehabilitation program.

Today’s VA is a cabinet department of more than 300,000 employees serving a population of more than 23 million Veterans and working hard to live up to America’s promise to all who served yesterday, serve today and will serve tomorrow. Take a closer look at VA’s history at with recommended viewing of the VA History in Brief.