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Our members know their organizations. Learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs from VA employee and 3RNet member Julieann Torres. The VA is a unique 3RNet member, offering jobs across the country. Learn more about what makes the VA unique (and a great place to work):

Name: Julieann Torres, Veterans Health Administration

City, State: Nationwide locations

Organization: Department of Veterans Affairs

Are healthcare professionals valued within the Department of Veterans Affairs?

 VA physicians are leading the charge toward greater progress in Veteran care spanning all areas from primary to specialty medicine. With access to state-of-the-art technologies and pioneering research opportunities, they continually challenge the boundaries of health care to develop inventive treatment options that deliver improved patient outcomes. The VA fosters excellence with unparalleled mentorship, leadership and educational programs, giving physicians the tools they need to serve Veterans best. And we make sure nothing stands in their way, supporting them behind the scenes so they can focus on what matters most—improving Veterans’ lives.

Why do people choose to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs? One active, unrestricted state license allows VA employees to practice in any VA facility nationwide. Wherever life may lead, VA employees can seek employment at a VA facility with an open position and transfer with no loss of benefits. With VA’s integrated system, employees are free to explore new areas of career development and pursue opportunities anywhere within VA.

What is the Department of Veterans Affairs, as an employer, best known for? VA’s variety of care environments, research prospects and educational support gives our employees limitless room to grow and advance in their careers.

What is the biggest misconception about the Department of Veterans Affairs?

Sometimes candidates don’t realize that to practice at VA, you can have a current, active and unrestricted medical license from any state and practice at any VA facility with just that one state license!

Fun Facts about the Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Each year, VA serves over 9 million Veterans in 1,200+ health care facilities spread throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
  • VA is a leader in clinical innovation and surgical quality, performing about 400,000 procedures annually.
  • Over 7,000 training programs in affiliation with over 1,800 educational institutions means endless opportunities to grow your skills and advance your career at VA.
  • VA is the leader in telehealth, with over 700,000 Veterans accessing care through telehealth across 50 different specialties in 2016.
  • In 2017, VA introduced plans to dramatically expand telehealth—also known as “anywhere to anywhere”—health care services.
  • VA offers state-of-the-art tools, including speech-recognition capabilities, virtual technologies, mobile devices and renowned knowledge-based resources.
  • VA employees enjoy predictable, flexible schedules with guaranteed shifts that accommodate their specific needs and lifestyles.
  • Some VA facilities provide on-site child care, operated by licensed providers.
  • Many VA facilities have fitness centers on site.
  • Employees receive generous vacation and personal leave, including 26 paid days off, 13 sick days and 10 paid federal holidays.
  • VA employees can choose from a variety of high-quality health care and life insurance options, as well as flexible spending accounts.
  • Health care professionals at VA are protected by the Federal Government in cases of alleged malpractice, eliminating the need for personal liability insurance.
  • VA offers up to 15 days a year of military leave support for reservists and National Guard.
  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).
  • VA employees have the chance to give back to America’s heroes and help improve life for them and their families every day.
  • Every day, you have the privilege of spending time with Veterans and hearing their harrowing stories of struggle and triumph. It’s a chance to develop genuine bonds and understanding that helps you better serve their unique needs.
  • VA patients have experienced wide-ranging military conflicts, resulting in a broad array of ailments and wounds—that means employees regularly meet new challenges that sharpen their skills and critical thinking abilities.
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