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US Department of Veterans Affairs Overview

Washington, DC
10000+ employees
1930
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Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics ... Read more

Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs – Why Work For Us?


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About VA Careers

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, 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 U.S. Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA health system, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

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Our work

When you work as a VA health care, administrative, or support professional, the career opportunities are virtually endless. By working for the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, you'll have access to a wider range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.

VA's vast network of facilities also means more practice settings and specialization opportunities for health care professionals. No matter which VA facility you choose, you'll work within an interdisciplinary care team structure and be challenged to achieve the most positive patient outcomes possible.

You'll have the opportunity to practice meaningful, groundbreaking medicine often treating patients with injuries rarely seen in the private sector. And, our vast network of facilities gives you access to some of the most advanced medical technologies in the Nation.

And, geography won't even get in your way. When life dictates a move, you can seek employment at any location where there is a vacancy and transfer with no loss of benefits. For health care professionals, only one current, active professional state license is necessary to practice anywhere in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

At the end of the day, VA professionals feel good about their careers, the Veterans they serve, and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

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Why choose VA

VA strives to offer our employees a better quality of life, both on the job and off, in return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care. We do so through competitive salaries, a robust Federal benefits package that begins on your first day of employment, flexible schedules, and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the Nation.

What Can VA Offer Me?

VA needs special people to help us maintain our tradition of excellence. We know that we'll have to compete with other employers to attract them. We also know that our kind of people become more valuable over time. And, to keep them with us we have to offer them a truly superior compensation and benefits package. 

What's So Special About Working for VA?

How does unmatched control over your own life and career path sound? We're simply the most flexible, diverse, and family-friendly employer there is. When you work for VA, you'll be entitled to a lifetime's worth of opportunities, benefits, and satisfactions. You'll be doing a job that's truly worthwhile, and you'll have a myriad of choices and options you can't find anywhere else. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. We offer competitive pay and a truly superior array of benefits for you and your family. Your goals will be our goals, and your family will become part of our family. We're the best at what we do, because our people make us the best. We value each and every one of them, and we show them our appreciation in all sorts of exciting and tangible ways. 

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    I have been working at US Department of Veterans Affairs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Extensive training
    - Clear and high career ladder
    - Extremely flexible after one year at employment
    - Great work for a greater cause
    - Great culture and positive interactions are always encouraged
    - Independent work with no micromanaging (though your experience may vary based on your supervisor)

    Cons

    - Management keeps changing the quota system.
    - The work is not for everyone. Extroverted people will likely have trouble with this position as it requires writing opinions on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    - Please keep the needs of the Veterans in mind in balancing quality vs quantity.
    - Continue promoting positive culture within the Board.

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US Department of Veterans Affairs Photos

US Department of Veterans Affairs photo of: US Department of Veterans Affairs building. (Photo thanks to Flickr user David July, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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    I didn't really have a interview just a phone call asking if I was still interested and that I was chosen. I had been trying for about 6 years to even get an interview and during that time I was anywhere from qualified to at the end over way over qualified took a 10,000 pay cut to take this job . You do have to do a detailed background check and pass a test or I get walked out but no drug testing.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you still interested in the position?   1 Answer
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US Department of Veterans Affairs Awards & Accolades

  • Hall of Fame Recognition – 82% Screening Rate, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for Screening Rates, 2016
  • Gold, Corporations: Recruitment – “Together VA”, Questar Awards, 2016
  • Runner Up, U.S. Pharmacy Study - Mail Order, J.D. Power, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Video – “Together VA” (TV Spot), Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards, 2015
  • Honorable Mention, Best Use of Video – “My Reason to Serve” (PSA), Ragan’s Health Care PR and Marketing Awards, 2015
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