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VA (Department of Veterans Affairs)

The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."

This forum also includes the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Perhaps you are working for the VA or interested in working for the VA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the VA.

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#1 Posted : Sunday, April 22, 2018 6:27:17 PM(UTC)

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I have been employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs for over three years and have six years of military service. I am a >30% service connected veteran who wants to pursue a Master of Social Work and return to the VA as a Social Worker. I am moving to another state, and having a newborn child. Working while pursuing graduate education seems a tad too much... I see Social Worker positions are always available. How hard would it be to get back into the VA after a two year federal vacation... Is this too far-fetched of an idea? Or does this seem totally reasonable and will have lasting rewards?
#2 Posted : Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:41:37 AM(UTC)

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I have left the VA two times and able to return. First one was to pursue my bachelors degree. Returned about six months after receiving it but in a term position that I kept for five years ( I got my MSW during this period, part time evening program) Second time I left was to ultimately return with a perm position because of the insane difficulty going from term to perm. Left, gone for two years and came back, this time in my current social work position. It’s totally doable.
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