“I love the patients that I am privileged to work with daily. Most of my fellow employees are equally … committed to their jobs and the veteran population we serve.”

“Working here aids in my quality of life; we get great vacation and sick time and more regular hours too.”

“As a VA employee, I’m part of a diverse team serving Veterans.”

“Everything that we do is about serving Veterans. And, I’ve never had more fun in my life – this is just the place you want to be.”

“The place you want to be” happens to be VA. The comments above were shared by VA employees and offer a unique and personalized point of view on what it means to serve Veterans in a career at VA. From senior leadership to interns and residents, and from experienced health care providers to hospital staff, employees at VA are not shy when it comes to telling others why they work at VA, and what makes this career unlike any other.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operates the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. VA has more than 1,400 locations, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans Centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories.

About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professions trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver proactive, personalized, patient-driven to our Veterans daily. This is an enormous undertaking as there are more than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors who are enrolled in the VA health system, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 impatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits.

The opportunity to work at VA is an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a Veteran. But what we know from the above comments is that VA often makes a difference in the lives of its employees. And while VA offers competitive salaries and generous paid leave, the benefits of working at VA go beyond traditional compensation. VA supports continuous learning through tuition reimbursement and education debt repayment, as well as advocates for a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

To learn more about a career at VA, and to apply today, visit VAcareers.va.gov.

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