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1930 order created
veterans agency

Question: How long has the Department of Veterans Affairs been established?

Answer: President Hoover signed Executive Order 5398 on July 21, 1930, which brought together the U.S. Veterans Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers into a new agency, the Veterans Administration. In 1930, the Veterans Administration operated 48 hospitals, 54 benefits offices and a work force of 30,000. President Reagan elevated VA to a Cabinet-level department in 1989.

Today, the VA operates 157 medical centers, more than 850 medical clinics, 120 national cemeteries and 55 regional benefits offices with 237,000 employees. Its programs have shaped America through the GI Bill, the transformation of health care and medical research breakthroughs. The health-care bridge between the Department of Defense and the VA supports a combined system that provides veterans with state-of-the-art treatment, support throughout the course of their rehabilitation and encouragement to help them attain their maximum level of functioning.

If you are interested in learning more about the VA's history or future 75th anniversary events, call 433-0049.

Q: How do I apply for low-income exemption from VA prescriptions and doctor appointment copayments?

A: To be considered for the low-income exemption, you must agree to provide income information to the VA. The VA compares your income to the limit set by law every year. If your income level is below this limit, you are exempt from the medication copayment. Additionally, certain veterans with short-term financial hardships may be eligible for a waiver of the copayment. To obtain information regarding a waiver or how to apply for a low-income exemption, call the VA at 433-0604.

If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.

Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin, can be reached by phone at 294-4075 or by e-mail at gkakesako@starbulletin.com.

See also: In The Military

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