Equity Action Plan Summary: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs   [open pdf - 153KB]

From the Document: "For VA [U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs], equity means intentionally committing to consistent and systematic fair, just and impartial treatment of all individuals and a just distribution of tools and resources to give veterans, including veterans who are members of underserved communities, what is required to enjoy a full, healthy life. In the 73 years since President Truman desegregated the military in 1948--making discrimination on the basis of race illegal in the armed forces - many forms of inequity persist in American society. VA is not excluded from the systemic injustices and inequities that pervade American society. For example, GI [government issue] Bill and loan guaranty programs were instrumental in economic prosperity and access to homeownership for veterans in the postwar years, but many Black veterans lacked the same level of access. Additionally, exclusionary policies such as Don't Ask, Don't Tell affected LGBTQI+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex +] service members and led to the involuntary separation and denial of benefits for many LGBTQI+ veterans. Other instances of inequities faced by underserved veterans include disparities in claim rejection rates, unequal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compensation rates, and address discipline and discharge disparities faced by underserved veterans."

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