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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."

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 : Thursday, February 08, 2018 4:57:50 AM(UTC)
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I have this same thread in a different forum on here... but here it goes Long story short i am a GS-7 (1102) with DoD and former Army Contracting Command. I moved 500 miles away from my residence (Michigan) to switch agencies and have to relocate back home for family reasons and have been job hunting. I have a job offer working for a firm for the VA 5 minutes from my residence. the pay is much more than my $44,461 to $73,000 and $2,000 relocation expenses back to Michigan. I have guaranteed employment for 4 years (that is how long the contract was awarded). I still get 10 paid federal holidays and have a flex time. My question should I take it even though it is a contractor gig?
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#2 Posted : Friday, February 09, 2018 4:42:00 PM(UTC)
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I think its a no-brainer to take the job and move back. Its a substantial increase in pay and You can always look for jobs within the federal government while you are employed by the contractor. As an added plus, if positions come up with the VA you will have this experience added to your resume. How are the benefits with this contractor?
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thalweg on 2/10/2018(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:39:03 AM(UTC)
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Full benefits provided.. medical, dental & vision. as far as PTO & sick leave it's 3.8 hrs per pay period as opposed to my 4 hrs a week.
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