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What is CARES?

Published 10/01/2002 06:10 PM   |    Updated 05/04/2011 11:40 AM
What does CARES mean?

It is an acronym that stands for "Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services." CARES is a reorganization study to ensure veterans receive the right care, at the right time, at the right place. It is designed to objectively evaluate the best ways to provide quality health care and services, to more veterans, in more locations, now and into the future.

VA intends to keep pace with technology and advances in the medical field not just to provide adequate care, but also to provide the finest care in the world. Measurable, consistent evaluation will enable VA to make the best decisions possible for veterans' health care today and in the future, in the most cost-effective manner. The needs of special disability groups will be addressed and remain a priority. Once CARES is completed, veteran satisfaction is expected to increase as a result of better access, more efficient programs and superior support services.