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Department of Veterans' Affairs


Department of Veterans' Affairs - one of the Cabinet departments. The department was created in 1989 out of the Veteran's Administration, which had been an independent agency under the President since 1930. The Secretary of Veterans' Affairs heads the department, which operates programs to help veterans and their families. These programs include disability and death compensation payments; pensions; education and rehabilitation; home loan guarantees; burials; and a medical care program.