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Rapid Expansion of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Over the last decade, there has been an enormous infusion of government spending and public employment on behalf of former and current members of the military. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been the fastest-expanding major part of the federal government, with its total employment rising 60 percent over the last decade and its total spending soaring to two and a half times its previous level.

Department of Veterans Affairs Budget and Full-time Employees

Department of Veterans Affairs Budget and Full-time Employees

V.A. spending on medical care

(inflation-adjusted 2016 dollars)

V.A. spending on medical care

V.A. disability pay

(inflation-adjusted 2016 dollars)

V.A. disability pay

Veterans given high disability ratings

Veterans given high disability ratings

V.A. education-program users

V.A. education-program users

Federal spending on veterans

Federal spending on veterans 1

Federal spending on veterans 2

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