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DoD/VA Program Coordination

The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have a long history of healthcare resource sharing, which was mandated by Public Law 97-174, "The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense Health Resources Sharing and Emergency Operations Act". DoD/VA healthcare resource sharing has resulted in over 200 sharing agreements and eight joint ventures covering a wide range of services such as medical/surgical, traumatic brain injury, blind rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and physical examinations. The intent of resource sharing is to promote cost-effective use of federal healthcare resources by minimizing duplication and underuse of healthcare resources while benefiting both VA and DoD beneficiaries.