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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a variety of information on such topics as wellness and aging, financial aid, occupational and educational opportunities, burial assistance, life insurance, and legislation of interest to veterans. The site is recommended as a source for veteran-specific healthcare issues, including mental health, rehabilitation resources, and benefits.

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Review Date: 5/14/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The website's layout makes it difficult to browse information quickly. There are multiple menus available, including an A-Z index and an audience-specific filter, but they sometimes contain different information that can't be accessed from a single menu. Visitors will need to spend time on the homepage just to discover what's available.

Visual Design

The site's cluttered visual design, ominous color scheme, and small font make for a subpar visual experience.

Quality

The website can be trusted as a high quality source of accurate information in-line with current scientific consensus. The site shines as a comprehensive source of benefits available to military veterans. Although most of the disease and condition information is specific to veterans, it is limited and provides only a general overview.

Credibility

Few articles show author and date of revision, but the website as a whole has been reviewed recently. New programs and content are continuously added to ensure currency. Additionally, information about health benefits for veterans can be considered authoritative and reliable.

Pros

  1. Information on veteran-specific health issues
  2. Robust mental health and rehabilitation resource centers geared toward veterans
  3. Assists veterans in applying for benefits and services
  4. Backed by the U.S. government

Cons

  1. Several broken links to additional information and pages

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, a federal agency established by the U.S. government in 1930

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: 24/7 crisis hotline, self-check quiz, doctor finder, videos, blog, news, Q&A, FAQs

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: newmedia@va.gov