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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


The VA has an extensive history. There are two ways to learn more about the department's past: resources about the VA itself and VA publications as primary sources. Check out some featured resources below.

Screenshot of "President Ronald Reagan with Thomas Turnage Signs The Department of Veterans Affairs Act Hr 3471 at National Defense University in Fort McNair Virginia"

President Ronald Reagan signs the Department of Veterans Affairs Act in 1988 (Image source: NAID: 75856331)

Resources about and related to VA History

One way to learn more about the VA is its past activities. Below are some selected resources.

VA Publications and Records as Primary Sources

Since its establishment, the VA has documented information on a variety of topics. The following are some examples as primary sources.

Screenshot of "The 2018 Veterans Day Poster Competition winner"

The 2018 Veterans Day Poster Competition winner (Image source: Veterans Day National Committee)