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    VA Unveils Team to Study Racial Disparities in Benefit Payouts to Veterans

    VA Unveils Team to Study Racial Disparities in Benefit Payouts to Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has a team and office responsible for helping it address health and benefits inequities among veterans as a result of racial, sex or gender discrimination.

    VA officials announced Friday that the agency's new equity team, directed as part of an executive order issued by President Joe Biden in February to address disparities across the federal government, will be responsible for helping “improve outcomes for historically underserved veterans” by creating and implementing a VA Equity Action .

    The panel, dubbed the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Council, or I*DEA, also will strive to address disparities in recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention of VA employees, according to a department press release.

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    In addition, the VA has created a new equity assurance office in the Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, that will work with the council to eliminate disparities in benefits decisions, including disability compensation and housing and education benefits.

    The department already has several offices that oversee diversity initiatives, including the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans and the Center for Minority Veterans, which were created to provide ideas on policies to assist minority veterans and offer them support and improved access to health care and benefits.

    But the I*DEA…

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