What Is Veterans' Law?

Obviously, if you are a veteran you are still subject to most of the same criminal and civil laws as the rest of us.  However, there are certain laws that apply specifically to veterans.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (Department), which is part of the executive branch of the government, administers certain laws that deal with various benefits and services that veterans and their families are entitled to.  The head of the Department is given the title of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary).  Benefits and services available to those who qualify for them include pension programs, medical insurance and services, injury compensation and benefits for dependents of veterans.

In addition to administering the laws that apply to the various benefits and services to which qualified veterans are entitled, the Department is responsible for setting up medical emergency preparedness centers in different parts of the United States and must administer training and education programs for medical responses to terrorist attacks.

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