Providing Quality Care

Conversations: Caring for our Nation’s Veterans

11.13.13 | By Matt Bennett

With nearly 1,700 care locations throughout the country and serving more than eight million Veterans, service members and military families each year, the Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is the largest integrated health care system in the country. It plays an important role in providing comprehensive health care for those who have served this country and contributing to critical research aimed at developing health care innovations for both Veterans and civilians. 

Serving such a large constituency is no small task, and the VA must continue to adapt to address the growing (and changing) needs of our nation’s Veterans. Recently, for example, as part of a 2012 Executive Order, the VA announced it had hired over 2,000 mental health professionals to help improve access to mental health services for beneficiaries.

In honor of Veterans Day, our Conversations que­­stion this week focuses on improving health care for veterans:

What specific improvements can be pursued to ensure that veterans are getting the quality care they need?

We look forward to learning what our contributors to this week’s Conversations Forum think, and encourage you to join the discussion by sharing your thoughts in the comment section.

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