GAO Report: Veterans Affairs: Use of Additional Funding for COVID-19 Relief

“As of April 14, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported 224,538 cumulative COVID-19 cases among veterans, with 11,366 deaths.

The VA received $19.6 billion in supplemental funding in March 2020 to respond to the pandemic.

Our analysis shows that through March 2021, VA had committed to spending $9.9 billion and spent $8.1 billion of this funding. Much of the committed funding went to veterans’ health care from non-VA providers, additional salary costs (such as for overtime), and to help homeless veterans.

The VA plans to use its remaining funding on testing, equipment, distributing vaccines, and more.”

Access the 49-page report here.

Source: Veterans Affairs – Use of Additional Funding for COVID-19 Relief – May 2021. GAO.

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