Military and Veteran Support: DOD and VA Programs That Address the Effects of Combat and Transition to Civilian Life
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DOD and VA play key roles in offering post-combat support to servicemembers and veterans through various programs and activities. Congress mandated that GAO identify DOD and VA programs designed to address the effects of combat on servicemembers who have served during recent conflicts, assist servicemembers and veterans with the transition to civilian life, and raise public awareness of these issues. In this report GAO identified the number of programs, including the types of services offered that 1 address the effects of combat on post- 911 active-duty servicemembers and their families, 2 help post-911 servicemembers and veterans transition to civilian life, and 3 help raise public awareness and understanding of servicemembers and veterans combat and transition experiences. Also, GAO examined how the lists of programs identified compare with program inventories prepared by DOD and VA pursuant to law. To address these objectives, GAO established and applied its definition of program. In general, GAO defined programs as federally funded, organized sets of activities agencies undertake that are directed toward specific purposes or goals and are being administered in fiscal year 2014. GAO also searched publicly available sources that contain lists of programs sent preliminary lists of programs to DOD and VA for verification and reviewed relevant reports and 2013 program inventories for DOD and VA. This report contains no recommendations.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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