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Secretaries of Veterans' Affairs

Seal of Department of Veterans' AffairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989, succeeding the Veterans Administration. It is responsible for providing federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. Headed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA is the second largest of the 15 Cabinet departments and operates nationwide programs for health care, financial assistance and burial benefits.

Term of Service
Secretary Home State Administration
1989 - 1993
Edward J. Derwinski Illinois G.H.W. Bush
1993 - 1998
Jesse Brown Illinois Bill Clinton
1998 - 2001
Togo D. West Jr. Washington, D.C. Clinton
2001 -
Anthony J. Principi California G.W. Bush
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