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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates programs to benefit veterans and members of their families. Benefits include compensation payments for disabilities or death related to military service, pensions, education, and rehabilitation. The VA also guarantees home loans, provides burial services for veterans, and operates a medical care program that includes nursing homes, clinics, and medical centers. Located in Washington, D.C., the VA in 2003 had 224,724 employees, a workforce second in size only to the DEFENSE DEPARTMENT. The department's projected budget for FY 2003 was 459.6 billion.

The Department of Veterans Affairs was established in 1989 as an executive department by the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (38 U.S.C.A. § 201 note). Its establishment came after more than 24 years of effort by members of Congress to elevate the department's predecessor, the Veterans Administration, to cabinet status. Proponents argued that promotion to cabinet level would increase the political accountability of the VA and improve the quality of its services. The Veterans Administration was established as an independent agency by

presidential EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 5398 of July 21, 1930, in accordance with the act of July 3, 1930 (46 Stat. 1016). This act authorized the president to consolidate and coordinate the U.S. Veterans Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions, and the National Home for Volunteer Soldiers.

The Department of Veterans Affairs consists of three organizations that administer veterans' programs: the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the National Cemetery System. Each organization has field facilities and a central office. Each central office also includes separate offices that provide support to the organization's operations as well as to VA executives. Central office managers, including the inspector general and general counsel, report to the highest level of department management, which consists of the secretary of veterans affairs and the deputy secretary.

FURTHER READINGS

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Available online at <www.va.gov> (accessed August 16, 2003).

——. 2003. Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents. 2d ed. Indianapolis: JIST.

U.S. Government Manual Website. Available online at <www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual> (accessed November 10, 2003).

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about 7 years ago

I'm on 22 years and counting with my appeals and interesting that the BVA hotline number has vanished from the VA website you have to email and they take 2 - 3 months to respond to those.

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almost 9 years ago

I WILL LIKE TO KNOW HOW LONG TAKE TO VETERANS ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE A DESITION IN AN APPEAL OF DISAGREEMENT I SUBMIT MY ABOUT 25 MONTHS AGO AND I WANDING IF THEY WAIT FOR THE PEOPLE TO DIE TO MAKE A DECITION. IT IS TAKING TO LONG FOR THE V.A. TO ANSWER THE REQUEST OF THE PEOPLE THAT SERVE THIS COUNTRY. SOME OF US CAN WORK TO MAKE A DECENT LEAVING AND DO GO THRU A LOT OF STRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN.

JUAN A. MARTINEZ

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almost 9 years ago

To Whom It May Concern:



I need some help in getting some information on my husbands appeal in washington. He was misdiagnosed twice at the VA hospital in dallas tx.



We have provided all the evidence of proof and still have got no answer. This claim has been going on since 2001. While my husband was waiting for an answer from washington he has since passed away. Thanks to the VA for murdering my husband. The Va has caused hardship for me mental angusih anomosity and depression.



Things need to change although money can't bring my husband back but it will help struggling families like mine to survive. The evidence is in black and white I can't imagine how the VA thinks they did no wrong.



God bless the people who make a wrong decision I pray that who ever you are won't ever be in my shoes. It has been pure HELL. I have been married to my husband for 22 years and I miss him and he shouldn't have died because of mal-practice and or misdiagnosis from the VA.



Sincerely,

Helen Kirtley

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over 7 years ago

I am trying to find my SOC for the very first claims I filed in 1992 and 1993. One for non-service connected heart disease, and another for service connected heart disease due to agent orange exposure, and SC-PTSD. Where can I view them? Thanks

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almost 8 years ago

I came to this site looking for answers to the same questions and found nothing. My husband died of lung cancer and I believe it was related to his Agent Orange exposure that caused his condition or at least was a contributing factor. He also suffered from Pemphigus most of his adult life after being discharged from the army in 1968. Of course the medical examiner states his primary is of an unknown origin. I have lost a twin daughter to birth defects. All five of her birth defects are also herbicide related birth defects. Imagine that! My appeal has been going on since 2004 now. I did not receive the answers I was looking for here on this site. Wanted to post my comment and ask if anyone found out how to check the status of their claims. Fight the good fight everybody, every minute, every day!



JJ

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almost 10 years ago

How do I go about finding out the status of my claim. C17384133 I had sent a disagreement on the BVA's decision on the 30th of July. To day, being Sept 7, 2007 I have not heard a word as to having received or just what action is being taken. Much Thanks Jack L. Reynolds