If you’re looking to take the next step in your retail or food service career and serve Veterans while doing it, a position with the Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) may be for you.

Providing shopping and dining services at VA facilities throughout the country, VCS needs dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff — from cooks to sales associates to managers.

A career that counts

In addition to competitive starting salaries of more than $15.75 an hour and possible relocation support, VCS employees enjoy an extensive benefits package uncommon in retail and food service. It includes:

  • 13-26 vacation days, sick leave with no cap on accumulated time, and 11 paid federal holidays.
  • Premium-support group health insurance, including dental, vision and long-term care.
  • Term life insurance with family and additional coverage options.
  • The Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS), a generous three-tier retirement plan.

What is VCS?

While VA is most often associated with providing health care for Veterans, there are a number of services that contribute to the comfort and well-being of Veterans enrolled in VA health care – and VCS is no different.

Established in 1946, VCS manages retail stores, cafés and coffee shops. These canteens have become whole health spaces where Veterans can connect, relax, share and care for themselves in a comfortable and supportive environment.

Beyond retail and food service operations, VCS supports a variety of programs for Veterans through its revenue. From reducing Veteran homelessness to suicide prevention to initiatives for women Veterans, VCS finds ways to give back through these programs and more.

A mission that matters

With a job at VCS, you’re choosing not just a career, but a mission shared among those who work across VA and its agencies. At VCS, you’ll know you make a difference, and your choice highlights your understanding of how important it is to give back.

As you help provide dining and shopping services for the nearly 9 million Veterans in our care, you’ll be part of a team that includes their families and caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. It’s a team that values service to country, diversity, and family-friendly principles, as well as upward mobility and professional development in your career.

Work at VCS

VCS has the honor of serving the best customers in the country: Veterans and those who care for them. Take a key role in providing items and services that contribute to the comfort and well-being of Veterans at VA.

NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed on the VCS website.

By VA Careers

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Published on Apr. 21, 2022

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