Our health care professionals who work in rural locations enjoy benefits including top-flight facilities; flexible and generous time off; liability coverage; and incredible health, life, and retirement packages.

Plus they get a different flavor of benefits not as common in urban locations. Benefits such as:

  • A slower pace of life and less stress
  • A greater feeling of safety and security in the community
  • Less traffic and pollution
  • Lower housing costs
  • Getting closer to the great outdoors with outdoor recreational opportunities
  • And, commonly, an elevated status  in the community

VA is dedicated to caring for all of our Nation’s Veterans. That includes the millions who make their homes in rural areas following their service. In fact, the rural Veteran population accounts for 40 percent of all VA patients. And since nearly half of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans are from rural communities, this percentage is not likely to shrink.

Are you interested in learning more about a health care career in a rural location? Join us for a Twitter Chat this Wednesday, July 23rd, from 2:00-2:30 ET. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about career opportunities, while sharing your own experiences and learning from others—all in 140 characters or less!


What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag (ours is #WorkAtVA). The goal of a Twitter chat is to connect people with similar interests. By participating, you can gain real-time knowledge about careers at VA and also grow your professional network by meeting and following new people.

How does it work?

Imagine being in a classroom with a panel of experts at the front of the room, prepared to answer your questions. They’ve had time to talk, but now it’s time for the Q&A. Everyone in the room can raise their hand at once, or whenever something comes to mind. Questions get answered quickly and in the order they were received. Everyone leaves with a better understanding of the topic, and everyone has learned from the questions and answers of other participants. The bonus: You get a transcript of the Q&A session to take home, just in case you need to reference it later.

Now, move that experience online and you have a Twitter chat.

How do I participate?

If you don’t already, start following @VACareers on Twitter. On the day and time of the event, a host and group of VA National Recruiters will begin by tweeting and will be on standby to answer questions and address Tweets that use the correct hashtag. By using #WorkAtVA, you can follow the discussion and participate in it. You can also go back after the scheduled chat and reference tweets that are connected to #WorkAtVA.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 23rd from 2:00-2:30 ET. We look forward to “tweeting” you then!

To learn about other ways to connect with VA Careers, click here.

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