All of the national homes have operated continuously since they opened.
His tenure lasted 22 years and ended in 1945 when General Omar Bradley took the helm. VA was able to recruit and retain top medical personnel by modifying the Civil Service system. When Bradley left in 1947, there were 125 VA hospitals. Paul Magnuson, a VA orthopedic surgeon and Chief Medical Director, 1948-1951, led the charge to create an affiliation program with America’s medical schools for medical research and training purposes.
By 1948, 60 medical schools were affiliated with VA hospitals.
Tuberculosis and neuro-psychiatric hospitals opened to accommodate Veterans with respiratory or mental health problems.
Native Americans, on November 6, 1919, became eligible for full Veterans benefits, including health care.
Other additions have included podiatry, dermatology, and all interventional radiology procedures.
Today we have 87 inpatient beds and serve approximately 250,000 outpatient visits annually.
The second consolidation of federal Veterans programs took place on July 21, 1930 when President Herbert Hoover consolidated the Veterans Bureau with the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Pension Bureau and re-designated it as the Veterans Administration. General Omar Bradley took the reins at VA in 1945 and steered its transformation into a modern organization.
General Frank Hines, Director of the Veterans Bureau since 1923, became the first Administrator of the VA. World War II ushered in a new era of expanded Veterans' benefits through the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly referred to as the "G. In 1946, the Department of Medicine and Surgery was established within VA.
In 1924, Veterans’ benefits were liberalized to cover disabilities that were not service-related.
In 1928, admission to the National Homes was extended to women, National Guard, and militia Veterans.
New programs provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention, women Veterans, and more.