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Christopher E. Johnson & Ann M. Nguyen

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 7: The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Responsibilities and Policies (1947–Present)

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The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Responsibilities and Policies (1947–Present)
The departments of defense and veterans affairs: Responsibilities and policies (1947–present)
Christopher E.Johnson, and Ann M.Nguyen

The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are the two largest governmental institutions in the United States. They are currently the nation's largest health care providers, with the DoD serving close to 9.6 million military members, retirees, and their families and the VA serving 8.7 million veterans who are enrolled in its health care system.1,2 These seemingly integrated governmental functions of organizing the military and serving its veterans have existed since the birth of the country, evolving with wartime activity and continuously being reshaped by policy. Yet today, both are organized as independent parts of the federal government. ...

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