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Veterans Affairs: Actions Needed to Improve Access to Care in the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States

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Examines how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates the population of veterans in the U.S. territories and freely associated states (FAS) to inform resource allocation and outreach needs. Describes how the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) monitors veterans' use of and access to healthcare services at VHA facilities in the U.S. territories. Discusses challenges veterans face in accessing VHA services in the U.S. territories and FAS and VA efforts to address these challenges. Offers recommendations to the VA and Department of Defense to assess the data sources in its model for estimating the veteran population and its travel benefits policies for territory veterans.
Government Accountability Office
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Access · Benefit enrollment and application · Healthcare facilities · Policy · Statistics and data · Transportation · Veterans · American Samoa · Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands · Federated States of Micronesia · Guam · Puerto Rico · Republic of Palau · Republic of the Marshall Islands · U.S. Virgin Islands

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