The VA, America’s largest integrated health system, turns 96 years old

Aug 9, 2017
Originally published on August 8, 2017 5:14 pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the country's largest integrated health system. Nearly nine million of America’s veterans get medical care from the VA.

Ninety-six years ago today, the precursor to what we now know as the VA began with a stroke of President Warren G. Harding’s pen.

Dr. Howard Markel, a medical historian with the University of Michigan and a PBS contributor, joined Stateside today to talk about the history of the VA’s inception, which began just a few years after World War I.

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