The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when
Congress authorized President Herbert Hoover to "consolidate and
coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans". Brigadier
General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven
years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job
he held until 1945.
Dr. Charles Griffith, the VA’s second Medical Director, came from the
Public Health Service and Veterans Bureau. Both he and Hines were
the longest serving executives in VA’s history.
Frank T. Hines