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VA employees are on the front lines of mental health care every day. From social workers who help homeless Veterans find permanent housing, to Psychiatrists who asses treatment for Veterans going through major crises, every aspect of care is important to the well-being of our Veteran patients.

Part of the success of mental health treatment at VA is how the hospital, and health system at large, equips our employees with tools and resources to bring the best care to Veterans.

For VA Psychiatrist Dean, his work is rewarding in large part to the support system that VA provides. Since he moved from private practice to VA 13 years ago, he’s observed the evidence of this support.

“The colleagues that I work with, the health care system’s attention to detail, the feedback that I get from the Veterans and the overall outcomes of my treatment have improved quite a bit now that I’ve had access to a full range of services that I could only dream of in private practice,” he says.

Learn more about his experience in the video below:

If you are a mental health care provider who feels the call to serve our Nation’s Veterans, we urge you to visit to explore opportunities.

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Published on Sep. 23, 2014

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