Protecting the rights of veterans in the U.S.
The first attempts to create a system and benefits for veterans of the U.S. armed forces were made in the 18th century, but until the First World War were not systematic. Only in 1917, the U.S. Congress established a system of benefits to veterans, which included a program of insurance of servicemen and veterans, and vocational rehabilitation for the disabled. In the 1920s, the various benefits were administered by three different federal agencies: the Office of Veterans Pension Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the National Home for Disabled.
In 1930, Congress requested the president to consolidate the efforts of the Government in the field of assistance veteranm war, and on the basis of the three organizations was established by the Veterans Administration. Its first director was appointed Brigadier General Frank Hynes, who headed the Office of Veterans for seven years, he headed the administration until 1945.
After the Second World War the number of veterans in the United States has increased significantly, in addition, were greatly expanded their rights and privileges. Additional measures were taken by veterans of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the volunteers of the 1970s, members of the Gulf War, and those who served during the Sept. 11, 2001.
Department of Veterans Affairs was introduced in the Cabinet of the United States March 15, 1989 by President George Bush Sr.