One of the simplest things to say: “I care.” At Department of Veterans Affairs, “I care” is loaded with meaning, from how we act towards each other to how we treat our Veterans. Getting our Nation’s Veterans quality care is more than just recruiting physicians, nurses and mental health professionals – it’s about getting the right people.

I CARE is a standard of values that inspire us at VA every day. Our values are more than just an expression. They are a challenge to push our performance through:

I – Integrity

C – Commitment

A – Advocacy

R – Respect

E – Excellence

Everyone is familiar with these terms. But at VA, we use our I CARE values as a framework for the behavior of all VA employees. Because, although someone may be qualified on paper, it is their attitude of innovation, empathy and collaboration that allows VA to function as the largest health care system in the Nation.

Our network of care requires an unprecedented amount of coordination, but more than that, a true dedication to getting it right combined with the integrity to continue to evolve as a leader in health care.In the words of Secretary of VA Robert McDonald, “Our commitment to serving Veterans must be unquestioned. Veterans must know that we are “all in” when it comes to accomplishing our mission and living by our values.”

If you’re ready to go “all in” to care for our Nation’s Veterans, join our team of more than 250,000 professionals. Go to to learn more and apply today.


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Published on May. 29, 2015

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