VA Careers regularly profiles employees in an effort to show job seekers a different side of VA from their perspectives. The goal is to recruit top health care talent by sharing the stories of dedicated professionals who make a difference in the lives of Veterans every day.

Josh is a VA employee who emphasizes that his personal decision to dedicate his career to Veterans is the best decision he has ever made. This is the third of three parts of Josh’s story. Read the first and second parts.

You don’t have to be a Veteran to work at VA, but skilled health care providers who are Veterans are surely welcomed with open arms. Walking the halls of a VA Medical Center, and talking to those who work there, one soon finds out that even if someone is not a Veteran themselves, they often have a Veteran in their lives who they chose to dedicate their career to, whether it be a spouse, a child, a parent or a colleague. Those who work at VA believe in the mission of providing quality health care to our Nation’s Veterans.

Dr. Josh’s grandfather served in World War II and instilled in Josh a commitment of service to others, as well as a deep pride for his country and the values it represents.

His messages to clinicians is that if you care about patients, if you care about serving your country, if you care about working for something that is bigger than yourself, and serving an idea that is more than just health care, there is no other place you should be than VA.

VA a large, complex institution, but at its root it is a core experience between the clinician and the patient in front of them—a Veteran. “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,” he says.

Dr. Josh is featured in a Public Service Announcement to bring awareness to VA careers for Physicians and other health care providers. In the PSA, he explains how he honors his country, his family, and his grandfather’s legacy as he fulfills his mission of service to Veterans.

Dr. Josh is a Physician at the Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. In fact, that is where he met his fiancé Jess, who is a Clinical Dietician at VA and who shares Dr. Josh’s dedication for Veterans. Their dedication to Veterans truly is a family affair, and a legacy passed down through generations.

If you are a health care professional interested in learning more about a career serving Veterans, visit VAcareers.va.gov today.

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Published on Jan. 22, 2015

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