The veteran population of the United States, numbering more than 22 million in 1958, presents formidable medical problems. Approximately 1,250,000 veterans were 65 or more years old at that time. There were 172 Veterans Administration hospitals in operation. The medical program of the VA has paralleled the general advances in American medicine, and the VA has maintained a position of leadership in the work of rehabilitation. A program of education and training begun in 1946 has been extended to 72 medical schools. A program of medical research has grown to include more than 6,000 projects in VA laboratories. Although the veteran population is expected to decline, the demand for medical services, especially in the geriatric and neuropsychiatric fields, must be expected to continue or even to increase for many years.
Armstrong GE. THE MEDICAL PROGRAM OF THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. JAMA. 1959;171(5):540–544. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010230038009
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