VA to retired federal health care clinicians: Help us fight COVID-19

After OPM action, VA invites retired medical personnel back to work


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on March 19 to waive a section of federal law that governs retired VA workers.

The waiver makes it easier for the department to rehire retired VA health care workers and will help VA health care facilities bolster their medical staffs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VA is implementing the authority and could begin hiring actions as soon as this week.

As a result, VA is inviting interested retired physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals to register online.

VA is especially looking for health care providers with interest and expertise in:

  • Tele/virtual care
  • Travel Nurse Corps
  • Direct patient care/support (at a VA medical center and/or outpatient clinic)

As a re-employed annuitant, you receive your Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) annuities, as well as a paycheck as a federal employee. The waiver is in effect until March 31, 2021, according to OPM.

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  1. Philip    

    Good day, i am a pharmacist and would like to partake in this fight against COVID -19. I have over 19 years working experience and i would like to help out in kicking away COVID – 19. This is an excellent Idea.


    1. Mary    

      Intresting. I am also a retired nurse who would also like to partake in this exercise


    I’m a recently retired orthopaedic surgeon who has also completed a family practice residency. I have 20 years USAF (retired 2007) and 10y in private practice (retired Sept 2018). I’ve tried for one week to volunteer for COVID-19 response and can find no clear avenue. I was finally able to get in contact with the New Orleans VA but have had little to no response from the LA medical board, NY medical board, Wright-Patterson AFB ,etc.

    There must be others such as I who are willing to volunteer but are encountering stumbling block time and time again. I’m still awaiting responses from my KY senator as well as senator Kennedy from LA. Just emailed Surgeon General Adams today.

    Please–help us to to help those in need–Advertise appropriate avenues for medical volunteers and have the news media publish or televise as well.

    Thanks very much and God’s Blessings on you and on our nation.

    1. Rob Faulkner    

      Agreed, I’ve been searching google and I have yet to find that path. I was a medic in the Army for 6 years, also worked as a surgical first assist for 9 years. Would love to do anything I can to help support.



    I am in the same situation. I am healthy and would like to donate. If spain used the same parameters for accepting donations, half of the population would not be able to donate for the same reason.


    It was an excellent choice for healthcare

    1. Kimee Armour    

      This is the response I received via email and text from the author of the article on (Hope Seck w/ her email The number I was provided is 502-613-4911, it is either busy or answered by voicemail and you are unable to leave a message. I was unable to contact anyone vie phone, but received a survey response yesterday. I don’t think four days turn-around time is too bad for the HRC if being bombarded with 9,000 responses initially. I texted (& emailed) my information to the following url:

      I am medically retired (since 1999) but have been a Critical Care RN over 20+ years. I assumed my assistance would be needed since I have a great deal of experience,but am learning this morning that I will lose my monthly pay if they return me to active duty. One article said people could be used for Civil Service instead of placing us back on active duty. If I return to active duty, which I willingly will jump in head first, I will be demoted to the rank held when I departed. To me,this does not make sense if I am able to work as a civilian RN full-time for the last 20+ years and not lose my disability pay to ensure my family doesn’t become homeless while I am gone helping the Pandemic.

      Best wishes to you. Stay safe and healthy.

      Soldier For Life,

      Thank you for your willingness to return to the team. It speaks to your commitment to the Nation. In reviewing your response, we require additional information to process your submission. For ease of sharing this information with us, please visit our Human Resources Command Homepage at where you will see a COVID19 Voluntary Recall Survey link.

      NOTE: When responding to the survey, please enter the email address at which you received the original message titled: “Army Announces Voluntary Recall of Retired Soldiers for COVID-19 Response.”

      Please know, as we receive requirements that match your skill set, we will make contact with you to move to the next step.

      Again, thank you for your response to the Nation’s call!

  5. Mari    

    About blood donations. Would love to donate however like a big population of veterans I lived in Europe for more than six months in the late 80’s. During the mad cow event. Because of this everyone that was over there is not allowed to donate blood. I have the much desired 0 negative blood type. In these times cannot that stupid rule be waived? It’s been well over thirty years!

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