The Department of Veterans Affairs released its 2024 Agency Equity Action Plan to help ensure that VA delivers on its promise to provide world-class care and benefits to all Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors – regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

In fiscal year (FY) 2024, VA will make progress through executing five strategies that will address systemic barriers experienced when applying for disability compensation; address difficulties achieving equitable health care outcomes; and providing equitable access to VA care and benefits. VA will create and expand opportunities in procurement that will target underrepresented communities and contribute to economic improvements. VA will continue its efforts in Veteran-centered data collection and evidence-based decision-making to inform and improve the overall health, well-being and trust of those we serve.

These strategies complement and are aligned with the VA FY 2022-2028 Strategic Plan (PDF 235 pages) and will integrate other equity-related executive orders (EO). These strategies are as follows:

Strategy 1: Benefits

Improve benefit outcomes for all Veterans by removing barriers that eligible Veterans, including underserved Veterans experience, when seeking disability compensation.

Strategy 2: Health

Advance health equity by reducing health disparities, ensuring access to high-quality care for every eligible Veteran, and using equity-informed approaches to better reach Veterans, including underserved Veterans.

Strategy 3: Access

Enhance access and use of VA benefits and care by streamlining processes and increasing availability of tools, resources and facilities.

Strategy 4: Economic Security

Advance economic security by ensuring procurement practices reach underserved communities via increasing opportunities for Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone).

Strategy 5: Data

Increase evidence-based decision-making by improving the collection, quality and accessibility of demographic and related data to ensure equity in the delivery of care and benefits to Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.