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Federal Agencies on Aging - Department Of Veterans Affairs

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Nowhere has the aging of America been more notable than in the aging of those who served in the armed forces (Wetle and Rowe). Veterans of World Wars I and II and the Korean War are now all elderly, and many who served in Vietnam are in or are approaching old age. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is a very large agency which, in most instances, serves veterans directly. Two principal administrative units are especially relevant to older veterans. The Compensation and Pension Benefits Service administers benefits and services for veterans, their dependents, and their survivors, including service-connected compensation; non-service-connected pension, burial, and accrued benefits; and guardianship services. The Veterans Health Administration provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care to veterans. Pension and health care services are the DVA's services most relevant to older veterans. Non-means-tested pensions are paid to veterans with war-related injuries and disabilities; means-tested pensions are paid to veterans without such injuries and disabilities; and medical services are available on varying bases to all veterans at DVA hospitals throughout the United States.

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