What Is the Veterans Administration?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is a federal agency tasked with providing support and benefits to active members of the U.S. armed forces, as well as veterans and their families. Benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs include home loans, life insurance, burial benefits and health care.

In 1989, President Ronald Regan signed legislation into law that replaced the former Veterans Administration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, an independent cabinet-level agency. In 1930, the federal government established the Veterans Administration to consolidate veteran care into a single entity and replace the Veterans Bureau. The government had established the Veterans Bureau nine years earlier in an effort to provide care for World War I veterans, however corruption within the bureau necessitated its abolition and replacement.