President Herbert Hoover created the Veterans Administration in 1930 when he signed an executive order transferring the Veterans Bureau to the new organization. Brig. Gen. Frank T. Hines was the first VA administrator and served until 1945.
Coordinating veterans' benefits became a large job as soldiers returned from World War I. By 1920, Congress had established multiple agencies that handled pensions, rehabilitation and hospitalization for veterans. Congress combined those agencies into the Veterans Bureau in 1921. While the bureau initially restricted benefits to veterans who had specific war-related injuries, in 1924 the organization began offering benefits to veterans who had disabilities unrelated to their service.