Recruiters for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are headed to the City by the Bay during Mental Health Month to meet with psychiatrists who are attending the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting and are interested in careers helping Veterans thrive after the military.
A VA career in Veterans’ mental health is more than just a job — it’s a deeply rewarding mission to give back to those who have served and assist in the recovery from diagnoses such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Underscoring these and other opportunities presented by VA psychiatry careers are recruiters Eric Snipes, Sam Wainscott and Charles Long, who will staff Booth 1709 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center from May 18-22, 2019.
“VA continues to be the nation’s vanguard in reshaping the conversation around mental health treatment and recovery,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said recently in kicking off Mental Health Month, which this year coincides with the launch of “The Moment When” digital campaign.
The American Psychiatric Association conference attracts roughly 15,000 attendees and features 650-plus educational sessions, including many related to Veterans’ care issues; 38 courses; eight tracks; and 40 AMA continuing medical education credits.
“VA psychiatrists are often leaders and innovators in the field of mental health,” said Darren Sherrard, Associate Director of Recruitment Marketing at VA. “Conference attendees can meet with recruiters to explore what it’s like to work in mental health at VA, share their contact information and learn how they might contribute to the mission.”
Discover the benefits of working with VA
At the VA Careers booth, representatives Snipes, Wainscott and Long will explore with conference attendees the wide range of benefits available to VA psychiatrists, including premium-support group health insurance (with dental, vision and long-term care), generous leave policies and liability coverage worth thousands of dollars a year.
They’ll explain that VA providers can work anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam with one active license. In addition, they can review how benefits transition with employees if they move to a new facility and which telework options and transportation supports are available.
“VA psychiatrists provide a full range of therapeutic interventions for a diverse Veteran population — including geriatric and post-deployment combat Veterans — that help improve their overall wellness and contribute to their recovery,” Sherrard said. “We encourage attendees interested in a VA career to visit Booth 1709 to share their story and stay informed of employment opportunities.
Choose VA at APA’s Annual Meeting 2019