A government still stuck in the 20th century is trying to meet the demands of today’s new generation of veterans. Despite enormous efforts over the last 10 years, too many veterans are still waiting too long for decisions on their disability claims; at the end of 2014, more than 242,000 veterans were stuck in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) backlog.
VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.
VA operates 135 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.