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The Administrator of Veterans Affairs was the head of the Veterans Administration, a United States Government agency responsible for military veterans benefits. The administrator was appointed by the President. In 1989, the Veterans Administration was replaced by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (a member of the cabinet) as its head.

No. Name Term of Offices President(s) served under
1 Frank T. Hines 1930–1945 Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman
2 Omar Bradley 1945–1948 Harry S. Truman
3 Carl R. Gray, Jr. 1948–1953 Harry S. Truman
4 Harvey V. Higley 1953–1957 Dwight D. Eisenhower
5 Sumner G. Whittier 1957–1964 Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson
6 John S. Gleason 1964–1965 Lyndon B. Johnson
7 William J. Driver 1965–1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
8 Donald E. Johnson 1969–1974 Richard Nixon
9 Richard L. Roudebush 1974–1977 Gerald Ford
10 Max Cleland 1977–1981 Jimmy Carter
11 Bob Nimmo 1981–1982 Ronald Reagan
12 Harry N. Walters 1982–1986 Ronald Reagan
13 Thomas K. Turnage 1986–1989 Ronald Reagan
14 Ed Derwinski 1989 George H. W. Bush

Derwinski went on to become the first Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Directors of Veterans Bureau

Before the VA was established on July 21, 1930, its functions were carried out by the U.S. Veterans’ Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions of the Interior Department, and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The director of the Veterans' Bureau corresponds somewhat with the later position of Administrator.

No. Name Term of Offices President(s) served under
1 Charles R. Forbes 1922–1923 Warren G. Harding
2 Frank T. Hines 1923–1930 Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover

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