Veteran Affairs

By January 20, 2017White Papers

The VA began setting up a network of Vet Centers across the country in 1979 that were separate from other VA facilities. In the 1980s, Congress mandated VA health care for Veterans so that by 2005, more than 200 Vet Centers were providing counseling services and post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan elevated the VA to Cabinet status, changing the name to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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