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ROBERT JONES, M.D.
JAMES NOCKS, M.D.
LEROY GROSS, M.D.
ROBERT ROSWELL, M.D.
JOAN CUMMINGS, M.D.
ROBERT PETZEL, M.D.
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Director, Management Review Service Chief Patient Care Services Officer
JOHN HIGGINS, M.D.
VERNON CHONG, M.D.
MARJORIE SUE WOLF
SMITH JENKINS, JR.
ROBERT MEANS, Acting
NANCY WILSON, M.D. CHARLES KOERBER, Acting BRUCE PLECINSKI
Deputy Associate Deputy Chief Medical
Director for Hospital-Based Services
ROBERT GEBHART, M.D.
CONNER HIGGINS, M.D., Acting
(VACANCY) PAUL HOFFMAN, M.D., Acting DANIEL DEYKIN, M.D.
JOHN GOLDSCHMIDT, M.D.
ELIZABETH M. SHORT, M.D., Acting
Deputy Associate Deputy Director Chief
Medical Director for Ambulatory Care Assistant Chief Medical Director for
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Director for Rehabilitation and
Director, Medical Research Service
Director, Health Administrative Service
Service Organization Liaison
Director, Budget Office
Director, Medical Care Recovery Office
Director, Management and Planning Office
Director, IRM Policy and Planning Service
Director, Decision Support System
JOHN OGDEN, Acting
R. DAVID ALBINSON LEONARD BOURGET JEAN MCVOY, Acting (VACANCY)
RAYMOND H. AVENT NEWELL QUINTON
MARK P. DUROCHER
Director, Office of Executive Management
Director, Insurance Service
Director, Field Programs Service
Director, State Cemetery Grants Service
Director, Administration Service
Public Affairs Service
Director, Memorial Programs Service
Deputy to the Assistant Secretary
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Analysis and Statistics
PATRICK ). GARTLAND
NADA D. HARRIS
GARY ). KRUMP
NORA E. EGAN
EUGENE A. BRICKHOUSE
RONALD E. COWLES
GERALD K. HINCH
ROBERT W. SCHULTZ
JOHN H. BAFFA
KATHY ELENA JURADO
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security and
MARTI MCALISTER GALLO
James B. DONAHOE EDWARD P. SCOTT PHILIP RIGGIN
The Department of Veterans Affairs operates programs to benefit veterans and members of their families. Benefits include compensation payments for disabilities or death related to military service; pensions; education and rehabilitation; home loan guaranty; burial; and a medical care program incorporating nursing homes, clinics, and medical centers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as an executive department by the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (38 U.S.C. 201 note). The Department's predecessor, the Veterans Administration, had been established as an independent agency under the President by Executive Order 5398 of July 21, 1930, in accordance with the act of July 3, 1930 (46 Stat. 1016). This act authorized the President to consolidate and coordinate the U.S. Veterans Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions, and the National Home for Volunteer Soldiers.
The Department of Veterans Affairs comprises three organizations that administer veterans programs: the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the National Cemetery System. Each organization has field facilities and a Central Office component. The Central Office also includes separate offices that provide support to the top organizations' operations as well as to top VA executives. Top Central Office managers, including the Inspector General and General Counsel, report to the highest level of Department management, which consists of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Deputy Secretary. Assistant Secretaries Five Assistant Secretaries provide policy guidance, operational support, and managerial oversight to the Secretary and Deputy
Secretary, the administrations, and other top offices. They include the Assistant Secretaries for Management, Policy and Planning, Human Resources and Administration, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Congressional Affairs. Other central management offices are detailed as follows. Board of Veterans' Appeals The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) is responsible, on behalf of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, for entering the final appellate decisions in claims of entitlement to veterans' benefits. The Board is also responsible for deciding matters concerning fees charged by attorneys and agents for representation of veterans before VA. The mission of the Board, set forth in title 38 of the United States Code, sections 7101-7109, is to conduct hearings, consider and dispose of appeals properly before the Board in a timely manner, and issue quality decisions in compliance with the law. The Board is headed by a Chairman, who is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and who is directly responsible to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Members of the Board are appointed by the Secretary with the approval of the President and are under the administrative control and supervision of the Chairman. Each BVA decision is signed by a Board member acting as an agent of the Secretary. Final