VA Fulfills Its Fourth Mission: To Serve the Public in Times of Emergency  

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has three missions promoting veterans’ health and wellbeing: veterans' health care, benefits, and its National Cemetery Administration. Its fourth mission is to improve the nation's preparedness in times of emergency to serve veterans as well as public health and safety programs at the national, state, and local levels. The VA website offers a weekly graphic dashboard, "By the Numbers," that offers a snapshot of the Department's efforts to serve veterans and the general public. The VA's website also offers real-time, map-based data on COVID-19 case counts at its facilities around the country and advice for veterans seeking medical and other services.