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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." (Source: www4.va.gov/about_va/vahistory.asp)

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

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SkooterMcGaven  
#1 Posted : Friday, April 06, 2012 3:07:46 AM(UTC)
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I didn't find much on the topic so hopefully I'm not reposting something that was talked about before but has anyone had any success with the "Location Negotiable After Selection" positions? I keep getting forwarded to the selecting official for a bunch of them but haven't heard anything back besides one disposition letter saying I didn't get it. Since its a job that could be located anywhere in the country I was wondering how many people actually get forwarded to the selecting official, I heard upwards of a couple thousand people actually apply so I have no idea where that number goes after the forwarded to the selecting official part is determined. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Fed1969  
#2 Posted : Friday, April 06, 2012 4:17:31 AM(UTC)
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I would let my desires be known as to preferred locations.  Since they have many openings maybe they will accommodate your desire.
Knight  
#3 Posted : Friday, April 06, 2012 4:29:05 AM(UTC)
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The way I understand it, under this offer, once a person is hired then they can negotiate where to work from. One of my buds was hired and did not move at all since he was near a VHA hospital. He worked from home and went in to the hospital a few times a month.

Another friend was offered a job but he had to relocate to a region that they specified. He was offered 5 locations he could live in. He turned it down.
 
Both of these were IT jobs, if that matters. Also your mileage may vary.
 
Good luck.
oldnavysalt  
#4 Posted : Saturday, April 07, 2012 9:55:09 AM(UTC)
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I work for the VHA and was hired in a "location to be negotiated" job last year. For my job, it was only required that I live in a specific region where they advertised the job. I travel 60% of the time, and work from home the rest of the time. A lot of these jobs don't have specific locations, and are geared to accommodate working at the nearest VA to the candidates location.
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SkooterMcGaven  
#5 Posted : Sunday, April 08, 2012 9:54:01 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the replies but I'm not overly concerned about where I would be able to work if I were selected, I was more trying to figure out if anyone know how many others I would be up against. I also heard a lot of the time they don't even interview they just pick someone. Right now I am referred for 5 different positions and haven't heard a thing yet.
SkooterMcGaven  
#6 Posted : Sunday, April 08, 2012 9:56:00 PM(UTC)
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Also, these are all positions that require you to be career or career conditional, VEOA, ect. I do currently work for the VA.
SkooterMcGaven  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:24:47 AM(UTC)
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@oldnavysalt about how long did it take for you to get an interview after you were forwarded to the SO?
oldnavysalt  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:56:39 AM(UTC)
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Skooter.....My job advertisement ended in Feb 2011, Referred to SO in March and called for first interview in June.
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YoungFed  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:40:57 PM(UTC)
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I too had two hits like that both 12/13 job postings from the VA, but never heard anything back.  I figure that there are so many candidates that they probably found somebody more qualified or it’s just not top priority.

SkooterMcGaven  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:48:34 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the info, it is a long process and I am trying to be patient but its hard to have a lot of faith in positions that anyone in the country can apply for. Just gotta keep applying and hoping I suppose.
dumaka  
#11 Posted : Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:49:20 AM(UTC)
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And 3 years later you'll finaly be hired.
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