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VA State Summary 2010

West Virginia and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

November 2010

General Information:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide variety of programs and services for the nation’s 23 million veterans. In 2009, about 5.75 million people were treated in VA health care facilities, 3.9 million veterans and survivors received VA disability compensation or pensions, more than 564,000 used GI Bill education benefits and nearly 326,000 home loans were guaranteed by GI Bill home loan benefits. VA issued nearly $162,053 million in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit payments to 34,393 individuals and their educational institutions in 2009. Nearly 78,127 veterans took advantage of VA’s vocational rehabilitation and employment service, and nationally, veterans held more than 1.2 million life insurance policies valued at $14.6 billion in 2009. More than 106,000 veterans and family members were buried in VA’s national cemeteries and more than 360,000 headstones and markers were provided for veterans’ graves worldwide.

General Information – West Virginia 

        □     Number of veterans: 170,783 

        □     VA expenditures in West Virginia: $1.4 billion 
                □     Compensation and pensions: $467 million 
                □     Readjustment benefits: $66 million 
                □     Medical and construction programs: $684 million 
                □     Insurance and indemnities: $6 million 

        □     Number of veterans receiving disability compensation or pension payments: 29,211 

        □     Number of West Virginia veterans using GI Bill education benefits: 8,840 

        □     Number of home loans in West Virginia backed by VA guarantees: 1,152 

        □    Value of West Virginia home loans guaranteed by VA: $217 million 

        □    Number of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: 7,701 

        □    Value of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: $87 million
        □    Number of West Virginia participants in VA vocational rehabilitation: 593
        □    Number of veterans buried in West Virginia’s VA national cemeteries: 226 

        □    Number of headstones and markers provided for graves of West Virginia veterans and survivors: 3,699

Health Care

One of the most visible of all VA benefits is health care. VA has 153 hospitals, 773 community-based outpatient clinics, 260 Vet Centers, 135 nursing homes, 47 residential rehabilitation treatment programs and 121 comprehensive home care programs. To improve patients’ ability to access care, VA has changed from a hospital-based system to a primarily outpatient-focused system over the past decade. Veterans will make more than 60 million outpatient visits to VA health care facilities this year.

Health Care - West Virginia 

    □    Inpatient admissions, statewide, fiscal year 2009: 12,716 
            □    Clarksburg: 3,072 
            □    Martinsburg: 4,026 
            □    Beckley: 1,849 
            □    Huntington: 3,769 

    □    Outpatient visits, statewide, fiscal year 2009: 1,070,000 

    □    Outpatient clinic locations: 
            □    Charleston 
            □    Franklin 
            □    Logan 
            □    Parkersburg 
            □    Parsons 
            □    Petersburg 
            □    Sutton 
            □    Williamson

Post-Conflict Care

VA has launched special efforts to provide a "seamless transition" for those returning from service in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). Each VA medical facility and benefits regional office has a point of contact to coordinate activities locally to help meet the needs of these returning combat service members and veterans. In addition, VA increased the staffing of benefits counselors at key military hospitals where severely wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan are frequently sent. Once home, recent Iraq and Afghan veterans have ready access to VA health care, which is free of charge for five years following separation for any health problem possibly related to wartime service. Some 537,000 veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have sought VA health care since returning stateside, about 47 percent of the total number of men and women leaving military service.

Post-Conflict Care - West Virginia 

    □     Veterans Readjustment Counseling Centers (Vet Centers) Locations: 
            □     Beckley 
            □     Charleston 
            □     Henlawson 
            □     Huntington 
            □     Martinsburg 
            □     Morgantown 
            □     Parkersburg 
            □     Princeton 
            □     Wheeling

Disabilities and Pensions

Not all military service-related issues end when people are discharged from active duty. About 2.9 million veterans receive monthly VA disability compensation for medical conditions related to their service in uniform. VA pensions go to about 316,000 wartime veterans with limited means. Family members of about 528,000 veterans qualify for monthly VA payments as the survivors of disabled veterans or pension recipients.

Disabilities and Pensions - West Virginia 

    □     Number of veterans receiving monthly disability compensation: 25,496 
    □     Number of VA pensions to veterans in West Virginia: 3,715 
    □     Number of disability compensation claims processed: 8,461 

Memorial Affairs
Most men and women who served in the military are eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, as are their spouses and dependent children. VA manages the country’s network of national cemeteries with approximately 3 million gravesites at 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico, as well as in 33 soldier’s lots and monument sites. In 2009, more than 106,000 veterans and dependents were buried in VA's national cemeteries. Additionally, VA provided more than 350,000 headstones and markers and 655,000 Presidential Memorial Certificates to the loved ones of deceased veterans. VA-assisted state veterans cemeteries provided more than 26,000 interments.

Memorial Affairs – West Virginia 

    □     National cemetery burials in West Virginia, 2009: 226 
            □     Grafton: 1 
            □     West Virginia: 225 

    □     Headstones and markers provided in 2009 (statewide): 3,699 
    □     Presidential Memorial Certificates issued in 2009 (statewide): 2,192