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CARES is authorized to support approved educational activities at each of our affiliated VA hospitals.  The types of education and training activities that may be approved are wide-ranging and include patient and employee-related activities.

Patient-related activities include education activities for Veterans, their families and guardians that provide instruction or other learning experiences related to improving or maintaining the health of Veterans.

Employee-related activities include work-related experiences for employees designed to improve performance of current duties, assisting employees in maintaining or gaining specialized competencies and proficiencies, or expanding understanding of advances or changes in patient care, technology, or health care administration. 

Additionally, CARES funds can be used in support of VHA employees taking part in residency and other training programs designed to prepare an individual for an occupation or profession in health care.  Other training-related activities, through accredited and non-accredited training programs, designed to prepare an individual for an occupation or profession in health care such as activities that improve educational environment, infrastructure and resources for trainees; or facilitate trainee integration into facility care processes and workforce. 

VA’s Education Mission

Did you know that one part of the VA‘s mission is “To educate for VA and the Nation”?  The VA has played a significant role in educating physicians in the United States with approximately 70% having received at least some of their training at the VA.   The training of more than 120,000 trainees annually is done in partnership with professional schools across the country and is facilitated by the VA’s Office of Academic Affiliations.  To learn more…


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