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Mission Statement

To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Providing Health Care for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,250 health care facilities, including 172 medical centers and 1,069 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.

VA Core Values and Characteristics

Core values describe an organization’s culture and character and serve as the foundation for the way individuals in an organization interact with each other and with people outside of the organization. The Department of Veterans Affairs Core Values and Characteristics apply across the entire VA enterprise.

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Inside the VA

Budget and Performance


Health Programs for Veterans

Beyond the doctors and nurses who provide you with high-quality health care, VHA offers tools and information to help you reach your optimal health. Tools like My HealtheVet enable you to manage your medical priorities through an online prescription refill service, personal health journal, and links to Federal and VA benefits. Use the health support services listed below to maintain your physical and mental wellness.

Blind Rehabilitation
Support for blind and low vision Veterans and their families

Support and services for those who care for Veterans

Attending to the spiritual health needs of Veterans

Community Living Centers
Short-stay and long-stay nursing home care for Veterans who are medically and mentally stable

Compensated Work Therapy
A vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs.

Dental Care Benefits
Facts regarding dental eligibility criteria and information to assist Veterans in understanding their eligibility for VA dental care.

Disease Prevention
Advocating for health promotion, disease prevention, and health education for our nation’s Veterans

Fisher House
A “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers

Geriatrics & Extended Care
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans including non-institutional and institutional options

Homeless Services
In our efforts to end Veteran homelessness within the next five years, the VA offers a variety of resources, programs and benefits to assist Veterans who are homeless.

Mental Health
Maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research

Anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD

Patient Centered Care
Patient centered care empowers Veterans to define and achieve their own lifelong goals.

Online prescription refills provided through My HealtheVet (Requires Login)

Prosthetics and Sensory Aids
The premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment, and support services for Veterans

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)
Offers services to eligible Veterans and their families in an effort to aid their successful transition from military to civilian life

Rural Health
Improving access and quality of care for Veterans living in rural areas

Smoking Cessation
Resources and tools to help smokers quit

Substance Abuse Programs
Treatments addressing all types of problems related to substance use, from unhealthy use of alcohol to life-threatening addictions

Connecting health records and services to Veterans and providers

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line (Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1) is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders

Weight Management
The MOVE! program: helping veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health

Women Veterans Health Care
Implementing positive changes in the provision of care for all women Veterans