Last week the President proposed a $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in fiscal year 2016. The proposed budget will support VA goals to expand access to timely, high quality health care and benefits, continue the transformation of VA into a Veteran-centric department and end homelessness among Veterans.

In a recent VA press release, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald stated, “VA has before it one of the greatest opportunities in its history to enhance care for Veterans and build a more efficient and effective system. This budget will allow us to continue important progress to better serve Veterans, their families and their survivors.

“We are listening to what Veterans, Congress, employees, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), and other stakeholders are telling us. We aspire to make VA a model agency that is held up as an example for other government agencies to follow with respect to customer experience, efficient and effective operations, and taxpayer stewardship,” he added.

What does this all mean for a health care candidate considering a career at VA? First and foremost, it means that you will work with a health care organization that is committed to delivering proactive, personalized, patient-driven health care to Veterans. It means you will be able to work with the best and brightest in building a more efficient and effective health care system. And it means you can play an important role in making VA a model agency that excels in customer service, efficient and effective operations and taxpayer stewardship. You will work in an organization where the attributes of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence are practiced by VA employees to provide a fulfilling and rewarding work environment.

VA’s budget requests the resources necessary to increase Veteran access to benefits and services, sustain progress on the disability claims backlog and for ending Veteran homelessness. The Budget supports Veterans, their families, and survivors in receiving the highest quality benefits and services we can provide.  They earned these benefits through their sacrifice and service to our Nation.

Our Veterans need the very best in health care. That is why they need you – the best and the brightest within the health care community.

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Published on Feb. 9, 2015

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