Veterans' Benefits:

Availability of Benefits in American Samoa

HRD-93-16: Published: Nov 18, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) provision of medical services and other benefits, such as pensions and home loans, to veterans in American Samoa.

GAO found that: (1) the medical facilities in American Samoa are limited; (2) supply problems have affected patient care; (3) the primary purpose of visiting doctors was to perform examinations for benefit claims, not to treat patients; (4) VA did not meet the psychiatric needs of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder; (5) a greater percentage of veterans in American Samoa received VA compensation and pension benefits than other veterans in the rest of the nation; and (6) VA home loans were not available to veterans in American Samoa.

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