VA actively recruits military spouses for careers serving Veterans


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As a military spouse, you’re qualified, educated and ready to serve. You have a unique perspective and understanding of what it means to care for our nation’s heroes. Here at VA, we value this experience.

We also know you bring so much more to the table.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) program. The career program connects military spouses with more than 390 affiliated employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in jobs everywhere.

“VA is thrilled to help DOD and military installations engage military spouses in conversations about career opportunities caring for our nation’s Veterans,” said Tracey Therit, Chief Human Capital Officer at the Office of Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security and Preparedness. “We are using every method — communications, job feeds, social networking and more — to provide information on the federal hiring process and links to real opportunities at VA.”

Finding opportunities to grow

There are over 600,000 active duty military spouses worldwide. Of those actively seeking employment, 30% are unemployed and 56% underemployed.

How are MSEP and VA making sure you get the chance to apply for a meaningful and rewarding career? Quite a bit, in fact.

On USAJobs, we tag VA jobs ideal for military spouses. We highlight key information — remote work opportunities, flexible work schedules, child care and health benefits — on our job announcements.

For positions covered under Title 5 hiring authority, we use noncompetitive procedures approved by the Office of Personnel Management. That means when you apply to become a VA accountant, police officer or human resource specialist and meet the minimum qualifications, you’re hired.

We also work with DoD to identify spouses with health care experience or training as a physician, nurse, social worker or occupational therapist. These VHA-administered positions do not require application through USAJobs.

Choose VA today 

A career with VA is meaningful and mission-driven — and our total rewards benefits package consistently edges out those offered by the private sector. Keep an eye on this space for more on how military spouses can benefit from choosing a VA career.

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Comments

  1. Sebrina F. Smith    

    I, was, put through, “The same at the “D.A.V.”, “20 year’s”.

  2. Marie Smith    

    This is bullsht. What about the veteran. Give spouses security so they can sht on the veteran. Nice job

  3. S W    

    Sure, they’ll hire anybody BUT A QUALIFIED VETERAN. I am and was VRA eligible which meant I should have been a “direct” hire and hired under the noncompetitive procedures. I was made to interview COMPETITIVELY even though I met the qualifications for the jobs and then I wasn’t hired BECAUSE OF MY AGE. Less qualified and YOUNGER people who interviewed were hired. I went to mediation and GOT NOTHING. I was LIED TO by the person who set up the meeting. To date I still HAVE NOT RECEIVED official notification I wasn’t hired, ie, a LETTER FROM HR. Nope, I was pulled aside by the guy who interviewed me and told he hired the STORE CLERK who did not have my years of experience doing office work nor background working with the state police.

  4. Theodore M Morgan    

    Hello,

    I am an 85 year old Navy veteran with 50% disability. My health is declining consistently. My wife, who is 62, works full time but is my care taker. Would VA train and hire her to be my full time caretaker?

    Please advise.

    [Editor: NEVER EVER PUBLISH YOUR SSN OR OTHER PII ON THE INTERNET! If you have a question that requires a VA response, please call 800-827-1000.]

    1. Joseph Lance Chapman    

      Mr. Morgan,
      Unfortunately, the Aid & Attendance, Housebound, and Basic Pensions offered by the VA cannot be used to pay a husband or wife to provide care for their spouse.
      However, VA provides several other benefits to caregivers through the VA Family Caregiver Program for some severely injured Veterans.
      A caregiver can be a parent, spouse, child, step-family member, extended family member, or an individual who lives with the Veteran, but is not a family member who provides support to the veteran.
      Caregivers must be providing in-home care for Veterans who:
      • Have a serious injury – including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder.
      • Need of personal care services because of an inability to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
      • The veteran must be enrolled in the VA healthcare program, and the injury must be service-connected.
      Caregivers of eligible Veterans can receive:

      • Monthly stipend
      • Travel expenses (including lodging and per diem while accompanying veterans undergoing care)
      • Access to health care insurance (if the caregiver is not already entitled to care or services under a health care plan)
      • Mental health services and counseling
      • Comprehensive VA Caregiver training provided by Easter Seals
      • Respite care (not less than 30 days per year)

      You can visit the VA’s caregiver page for more information, and to apply for these services.
      http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_benefits.asp or call the VA Caregiver Support Line at
      1-855-260-3274

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