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RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 1 RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Week 1 Assignment #1 Joseph Brown Dr. Udoh E. Udom PAD530 January 14, 2013 RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 2 Every society must have a public workforce that can serve veterans in an effective and efficient manner. Today in order to better understand the ways that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration provides services to veterans, and how effective and efficient their services are; it’s it best to rationalize and do some analysis studies on some key workforce factors that regulates, insuring that veterans are provided the benefits they desire in a timely manner. This assignment will focus on the missions, objectives, and goals of the Veterans Benefits Administration. The Veterans Benefits Administration, Introduction Provide background information about the agency’s key historical events, mission, and goals / objectives. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates benefit program veterans and members of their families. According to Robert Longley (2013) “The Department of Veterans Affairs was established in 1989 as an executive department by the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (38 U.S.C.A. § 201)” (US Government Info). The Department of Veterans Affairs consists of 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. Each central office also includes separate offices that provide support to the organization's operations as well as to VA executives. The Veterans Benefits Administration is an organizational element of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Benefits Administration is responsible for administering the Department’s programs that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans, their RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 3 dependents, and survivors. Major benefits include Veteran’s compensation, Veterans’ pension, survivors’ benefits, rehabilitation and employment assistance, education assistance, home loan guaranties, and life insurance coverage. The key historical event that is important to the Americans’ people is the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary pledge. Secretary Eric Ken Shinseki in 2009 spoke to the press and pledge that the Veterans Affairs will not just reduce the amount of homeless veterans on the street of Washington, but it would end it. And end it by 2015. He also asked the U.S. Congress to support providing immediate emergency assistance to homeless veterans. According to the Veterans Benefits website “Through his Homeless Veterans Initiative, the Veterans Affairs committed $800 million in FY 2011 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans” (VA website 2013). The Veterans Affairs currently provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training, and education. There are a variety of reasons why Veterans are homeless and VA is committed to providing solutions to put an end to this problem. The Veterans Benefits Administration Functions Describe at least three (3) functions of this agency, highlighting the public it serves. The Veterans Benefits Administration is responsible for administering VA's extensive nonmedical benefits such as: Compensation and Pension Service, Education Program, and the Loan Guaranty program. The Veterans Benefits Administration also conducts an integrated program of veterans' benefits that provides information, advice, and assistance to veterans, and their dependents. The Veterans Benefits Administration also has the obligation to cooperate with the U.S. Department RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 4 of Labor and other federal, state, and local agencies in developing employment opportunities for veterans and referrals for assistance in resolving socioeconomic, housing, and other related problems. In the paragraph below, a brief summary will be given for each of the three listed Veterans Benefits Administration functions above. Starting with the veterans “Compensation and Pension Service”, most veterans can say it’s indeed the most important benefits of all. The Compensation and Pension Service has responsibility for claims for disability compensation and pensions, automobile allowances and special adaptive equipment, claims for specially adapted housing, special clothing allowances, and eligibility determinations based on military service for other VA benefits and services or those of other government agencies. This service also processes survivors' claims for death compensation, dependency, and indemnity compensation, death pensions, burial and plot allowance claims, claims for accrued benefits, claims for adjusted compensation in death cases, and claims for reimbursement for headstones or markers. The second is the “Veterans Education Program”. This education program has responsibility for the Montgomery GI Bill, the Post Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program, the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, and school approvals. The Veterans Education Program has responsibly for providing outreach, motivation, evaluation, counseling, training, employment, and other rehabilitation services to disabled veterans. This service also provides evaluation, counseling, and miscellaneous services to veterans and service persons and other VA education programs, as well as to sons, daughters, and spouses of totally RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 5 and permanently disabled veterans and to surviving orphans, widows, or widowers of certain deceased veterans. And the last, but not the least is the “Veterans Loan Guaranty program”. This Loan Guaranty Program provides assistance to Veterans, certain spouses, and service members to enable them to buy and retain homes. Loan guaranty operations include appraising properties to establish their value, supervising the construction of new residential properties, establishing the eligibility of veterans for the program, assessing the ability of a veteran to repay a loan and the associated credit risk, servicing and liquidating defaulted loans, and disposing of real estate acquired as the consequence of defaulted loans. The Veterans Benefits Administration News Analyze at least two (2) current events involving the agency that might have implications to personnel management. Veterans Benefits Administration officials blamed the education payout delays in large part on the growing volume of veterans applying for student benefits. And the same Veterans Benefits Administration officials blamed the veteran disability compensation payout delays in large part on the growing volume of disabled veterans. VA needs to look at the root of the problem of the backlog; be it training, management, oversight, and technology, and they should work forward from those four points to address this problem. Rationale for Selecting the Veterans Benefits Administration Explain the rationale for selecting this agency with at least two (2) justifiable reasons. The two justifiable rationales reason for selecting the Veterans Benefits Administration: Veterans Disability widening claims backlog. According to Bill Briggs (2012) “where the average wait RATIONALE AND ANALIS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 6 time for wounded veterans to see their disability compensation claims completed by the Veterans Benefits Administration has now grown to 365 days” (NBC News contributor). And the Veterans Backlog on education payouts; where the number of unfinished claims for veterans’ education benefits has risen over the last year, prompting confusion and concern from students relying on the payouts. List at least four (4) academic sources and government Websites. www.va.gov; www.dol.gov; www.dod.gov; and www.iava.org References Briggs, Bill. (2012). Disabilitycompensation claims for veterans lag as 'VA backlog' worsens. Retrieved January 14, 2013 from: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/04/15652938 disabilitycompensationclaimsforveteranslagasvabacklogworsens?lite Longley, Robert. (2013). About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Retrieved January 14, 2013 from: http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/agencies/a/vapage.htm VA Website (2013). VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness. Retrieved January 14, 2013 from: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2355
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