The mission is clear for the many dedicated health care providers who work at VA—to provide the highest quality care for our nation’s Veterans. Finding qualified health care candidates is a priority for VA recruiters on a local and national level, and bringing awareness of the opportunities that VA has to offer is a responsibility that is shared among many.

If you are a health care provider or VA employee, you can be a part of this Veteran fellowship by sharing information about health care opportunities at VA within your circles of influence. You can do this by sharing our VA Careers blogs, retweeting employment opportunities from VA Careers Twitter account, and “Liking” and commenting on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Year after year, we have found that referrals—word of mouth endorsements—are an invaluable source of bringing future health care providers to VA. With the social media tools available today, you can help us expedite that process. Hopefully, others will join our mission to provide proactive, personalized, patient-driven health care for our Veterans.

President Obama touched on this notion in his 2012 Veterans Day Speech at Arlington National Cemetery when he said, “That’s what we do in America. We take care of our own. We take care of our Veterans. We take care of your families. Not just by saluting you on one day, once a year, but by fighting for you and your families every day of every year. That’s our obligation—a sacred obligation—to all of you.”

Recently VA Secretary McDonald met with The American Legion’s Washington office to provide an update on several challenges VA is facing such as funding, aging infrastructure, the Choice Card program and wait times for VA appeals.

“We realize the importance of our relationship with The American Legion,” McDonald told Legion staff. “Without The American Legion there would be no VA.” McDonald closed his presentation by stating the Legion and VA “are in this together.”

This statement is something that the Legion and all Veteran service organizations understand: taking care of our Veterans is a shared responsibility by all Americans.

For their service and devotion to duty, our Veterans deserve the very best in health care. That is why the recruitment of the best and the brightest in health care can be a shared responsibility as well.

Talk it up, share VA health care opportunities within your community and be part of that shared responsibility of taking care of Veterans.

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Published on Feb. 26, 2015

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  1. danny giles March 13, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Ms.Mikolaczyk, Thank you for your help. I am an animal lover too. I don’t know what I would do without my service dog. Your service is important & helps our brothers and sisters do their job without worrying about their best friends. THANK YOU!

  2. Jacqueline Mikolaczyk March 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

    The word of mouth really hits home for me. I volunteer for Dogs on Deployment. Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments. We also help our Veterans! Either when being hospitalized, moving or have fallen on hard times. Please remember our help to our Military is FREE!

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