Veterans


Veterans at VA


Your Service. Our Honor.

At VA, we have an unwavering commitment to support our Veterans, and that includes helping them build rewarding careers within our health care system. VA gives Veterans—particularly those with disabilities—hiring preference for any available positions. Because we value the special skills and unique perspectives Veterans bring to the table. And we understand that by sharing your experiences you can continue a life of service, helping other Veterans heal and cope with being back home.

Are you a Veteran interested in career opportunities with VA? If so, feel free to email the Veterans Employment Services Office (VESO) for guidance. Find other helpful employment resources, including a military skills translator, resume builder and more at www.vets.gov/employment.

Benefits for Veterans, by Veterans

VA’s benefits are designed with Veterans in mind and offer you tons of support in a career best suited for your skills and experience. If you are leaving the military, a Veteran already, or an active Reserve or National Guard member, we invite you to pursue a career at VA.

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Reasons to Work at VA

Sure, there are lots of places you could build a health care career. But VA can offer you greater challenge, opportunity, teamwork and satisfaction unlike any other. Here are just a few of the many ways a career at VA stands out from the crowd:

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Transitioning Military


As a transitioning service member, you know what it takes to harness your passion and turn it into results. Integrity, wisdom, leadership, courage under pressure—these are the qualities that make you the ideal team member. Plus, your ability to understand Veterans on a deeper level goes unmatched by civilian professionals and will allow you to excel both personally and professionally at VA.

VA is developing a pipeline specifically to separate health care professionals exiting military service, so that they can be swiftly placed in similar positions as civilians. Search and apply now for a thrilling career that lets you continue your mission to protect and serve your fellow Veterans.

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Discover Why Veterans Choose VA


VA offers Veterans a wealth of resources to improve their lives. Choose VA helps you better understand your options by providing comprehensive information in one convenient place. Explore videos, links and firsthand accounts from Veterans and employees explaining the range of benefits, health care and employment opportunities available at VA.

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FAQs


If you are claiming Veterans’ preference, the following documents must be submitted with your application. Failure to do so will result in not having Veterans’ preference applied.

If you are claiming 5-Points Preference, the following must be submitted:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show your character of service upon discharge)

If you are claiming 10-Point Preference, the following must be submitted:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show your character of service upon discharge)
  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (must be complete)
  • Letter from the VA Regional Office stating what your percentage of disability is. It is not necessary to send documentation of what your specific disabilities are.
  • Purple Heart recipients: Purple Heart must be listed on your DD214 or other official documentation.

If you are using your spouse, son or daughter’s 10-Point Preference, the following must be submitted:

  • DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (must show their character of service upon discharge)
  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (must be complete)
  • Letter from the VA Regional Office showing that your spouse is unemployable/100-percent service-connected
  • If deceased, a copy of the death certificate

Specific details regarding Veterans’ preference can be found on USAJobs and on the OPM web site in the Vet Guide.