There’s often a misconception among Veterans about VA employees and who they are. But the fact is, VA employs over 100,000 Veterans—about 30 percent of our work force. And with rising unemployment among America’s younger Veterans, it’s important that we bring that number even higher. That’s why Secretary Shinseki recently announced a goal to increase the ratio to 40 percent.
For many Vets, we know this is important. Sometimes you just want to know that your health care provider served in the same branch as you; or that the person on the other end of the line was once in the front-leaning rest right next to you; that they left their families for deployments; and they were part of the one percent who served—without hesitation—like you.
So for Veterans Day, we wanted to show that. We wanted to do something that would demonstrate, viscerally, that our Department has many employees who served alongside you; that they served in all eras and had a range of experiences, giving them the ability to connect with Veterans in the VA system.
We asked our employees to submit photos of themselves in uniform. And we got them—over 1,500 in all published in a permanent collection on Flickr.
Click on the photos below to take a look at our hundreds of photos of VA employees in uniform, find some you know (they’re loaded alphabetically!), and let us know what you think.
Happy Veterans Day!