VA-USPHS Partnership


U.S. PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE (USPHS) COMMISSIONED CORPS


VA’s long relationship with the USPHS dates to the first World War, when the Public Health Service and the Bureau of War Risk Insurance were tasked with operating hospitals for returning Veterans.

The modern VA hospital system evolved out of this beginning and now is the only nationwide health care system and one of the largest systems in the world. The USPHS Commissioned Corps is made up of more than 6,000 medical, health and engineering professionals who fight disease, conduct research and care for patients in 800+ underserved communities.

In 2017, Commissioned Corps officers became eligible to begin serving Veterans again. This new partnership allows physicians, psychologists, nurses and physician assistants to work at select VA facilities across the nation for 2-4 years at a time.

Officers rotate one week of classes with one week of working on a VA patient-aligned care team (PACT). Able to take advantage of VA’s abundant services, training and support programs, and other resources, these officers are primed to transition to a VA career after completing their service.

A new pipeline of experienced medical providers with extensive specialty knowledge helps VA continue to provide world-class health care to the nation’s Veterans.

Interested in applying to become a USPHS officer that serves the VA?

USPHS Commissioned Corps officers should forward the following as a single PDF to jill.breitbach@va.gov:

  • Cover letter highlighting relevant experience and education
  • Current CV including three references at end of CV
  • Last two COERS
  • The single PDF file should be saved in the following format: "LASTNAME_USPHS SERNO_Discipline"
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