As we begin the new fiscal year, I wanted to take a moment to look back at all that VA accomplished for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers during Fiscal Year 2021.

When I first got to VA, I testified that we were going to fight like hell for our Nation’s Veterans—and throughout the past year, VA employees have done exactly that. They have provided Vets with the care they needed, increased their access to benefits and services, helped build a VA that better represents the diverse nation we serve, executed on our Fourth Mission, and so much more.

Bottom line: we’re now providing more care, more benefits, and more services to more Veterans than ever before.

It’s also important to recognize that VA employees have done this great work in worst of circumstances. Between the pandemic, the end of the war in Afghanistan, and several natural disasters, Veterans and VA employees alike have had a particularly difficult year. But I’m proud to say that in spite of everything, VA employees have stepped up—exactly when our nation and its Veterans needed them most.

The work never ends, and there is obviously much more to do in Fiscal Year 2022. But for today, please take a look at some of the work we did for Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers in Fiscal Year 2021.

We’ll carry this momentum into Fiscal Year 2022, and try—as always—to serve Veterans as well as they have served us.

Download the full report: ServingAmericasVeterans_FY21

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By Denis McDonough is the VA secretary

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Published on Oct. 1, 2021

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10 Comments

  1. Wanda Dennis October 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

    WOW!. I’d like to see the responses to the above concerns.
    When Veterans sound off like this it is because they have experienced a distasteful event at said VAs. As a veteran I understand their frustration(s). When you are important enough to have money allocated for your care, but unimportant enough to receive said care d/t COVID precautions or any reason not understood by the Veteran. Something or someone somewhere should address the issues. Let’s not pretend they don’t have a valid concern. Let’s fix it so that it does NOT happen to other veterans. Let’s really listen to the Veterans for who the VA was created for. Let’s listen to the happy and the unhappy ones. Giving everything and every Vet a sporting chance to be heard. ANY “we hear you” and not addressing their issues is only sugar-coating the problem. JS!!!

  2. Fred October 12, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I didn’t “fight like hell.” I fought like HEAVEN!

  3. Clay October 11, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Where is that seventeen billion that congress gave you to make up for delayed and denied care? It must be still in the bank or you used it for some other purpose because it is obvious that you didn’t use it to make up for delayed and denied care.

  4. clay October 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Where is that seventeen billion that congress gave you to make up for delayed and denied care? It must be still in the bank or you used it for some other purpose because it is obvious that you didn’t use it to make up for delayed and denied care.

  5. Michael Bice October 8, 2021 at 1:05 am

    I have been seen by my primary care doctor anytime I needed to be seen. The Ft Meade VA is one of the finest around ! The staff there is friendly and very helpful . I have no gripes with the care I have received. 5 stars here

  6. Barbara Matthews October 7, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Civilian doctors can see patients, but VA doctors cannot. Why is this?? Are VA doctors so immuno suppressed, in bad health or too inept to keep themselves and their staff safe during covid? They see patients every flu season! Phone appointments are NOT the same! Cannot palpate for masses over the phone. Cannot evaluate for shoe insoles over the phone. But VA lab techs and imaging techs can see patients and nurses can give covid shots, but the doctors can’t see anyone. This makes no sense! Been going on since early 2020.

  7. Primous October 4, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Why are we deporting veterans who served our country with honor, pride, courage ,
    distinguished service and valor?

  8. Lewis Rich October 4, 2021 at 5:11 am

    Try spending the money on quality employees.
    The Hampton MC, Virginia is filled with people who should never be allowed near patients.
    The mental health clinic called the police on me for looking like a homeless bum. Their words not mine.
    I had an 0700 hrs appointment which I missed thanks to them.
    Great job.

  9. Towing Denver October 4, 2021 at 4:58 am

    A company’s fiscal year is its financial year; it is any 12-month period that the company uses for accounting purposes.

  10. Melinda October 1, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    You did squat all for veterans, especially up in Maine where the va hospital apparently closed and no one told the veterans!

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