U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is also known as the Veteran's Administration or (VA).

Overview of services

Veterans of the United States armed forces are eligible for a broad range of programs and services under the VA, based on discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Some benefits require service during wartime.

The VA is the nation’s largest integrated health care system. It operates over 1,400 facilities; including hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries and readjustment/counseling centers. The VA administers benefits and services for veterans, their dependents and survivors. Major benefits include Veterans’ compensation, pensions and survivors’ benefits as well as rehabilitation, employment and education assistance, home loans and life insurance. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members. These include veterans, reservists, National Guard members and eligible family members. Services include interment, headstones, and markers and Presidential memorial certificates. The VA operates 128 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The agency also also oversees and manage 33 soldiers' lots, confederate cemeteries and monument sites. [1]

Special programs

  • Special programs, benefits & services. [2]
  • Homeless veterans [3]

Animal testing

The VA does animal testing.

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

For links to copies of this facility's U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) reports, other information and links, see also Facility Reports and Information: Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC. [4]

Animal testing (VA Medical Centers)

Facility information, progress reports & USDA-APHIS reports

For copies of a facility's USDA-APHIS reports, other information and links, see also Stop Animal Experimentation Now!: Facility Reports and Information. This site contains listings for all 50 states, links to biomedical research facilities in that state and PDF copies of government documents where facilities must report their animal usage. (Search: VA facilities by state.)

USDA AWA reports

As of May 26, 2009, the USDA began posting all inspection reports for animal breeders, dealers, exhibitors, handlers, research facilities and animal carriers by state. See also USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Reports.



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000

Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) [5]

VA facility locator by zip code. [6]

Web address: http://www.va.gov/

Articles & sources

SourceWatch articles


  1. Veterans Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, accessed December 2009
  2. Special Programs, VA.gov, accessed December 2009
  3. Homeless Veterans, VA.gov, accessed December 2009
  4. Facility Reports and Information: Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, accessed December 2009
  5. Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS), VA.gov, November 2009
  6. Facility Locator by Zip Code, VA.gov, November 2009

External links

External resources

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