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The Veterans’ Administration (VA) oversees much of the care for the over 18 million veterans in the United States. One of their most important tasks is the administration of healthcare. Veteran’s hospitals play an invaluable role in the quality of life for those who once served in the military as well as those that remain on active duty. The differences between a traditional medical facility and one dedicated to the care of soldiers may seem subtle from an outside vantage point, but those within the system know there are many differences.

Integration of Services
The first admission to a VA hospital took place on November 10th, 1866. The location was Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine. The development of the location took place due to an act signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The hospital was originally The National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Reserving the space for military members made it unique, but even more unusual was the extensive services available.

Togus, like many other VA facilities, offers medical care, mental health services, long term care facilities, and a National Cemetery. Patients receive inpatient and outpatient care, physical therapy, and much more. The hospitals strive for convenience and consistency in care by offering all services in one location.

Understanding of Needs
The services offered by veterans’ hospitals focus on the concerns common to soldiers. The medical teams within the facilities have skills in the types of trauma, both psychological and physical, that military members often experience. The experts offer the most innovative services possible and treat the patients with the dignity they deserve.

Continuation of Support
Veterans receive more than the treatment that takes place within the walls of the hospital. Follow-up care can include support services to assist with emotional or financial needs, counseling, and help to find community resources. The staff can assist with issues like transportation or even housing. The goal of treatment is not only to repair the injury or heal the illness that brings the veteran to the facility but to aid them in any way that will improve their overall wellbeing.

Improvements continue as they have since the development of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Modern technology allows hospitals to choose the best solution for every situation. The partnership of the VA with local organizations ensures more availability of help for every veteran. Changes continue, but the dedication to the health of those who served their country with distinction will always remain.