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Diversity, people, and culture 

At VA, you’ll find a work culture unlike anywhere else. That’s because we are all united in the noble mission of serving those who have served.

From this common ground, we’re able to create a uniquely supportive and innovative environment that celebrates employees at all levels and from all backgrounds. 

Reflecting the diversity of America 

We have a longstanding commitment to hiring a culturally competent workforce as diverse as the Veterans we serve and are working to develop a new mission, goals, and objectives regarding diversity, inclusion, equity, and access. 

We also fully support employees with disabilities through assistive technologies and other solutions to eliminate barriers to employment.  

The success of our mission depends on all our employees being able to contribute their ideas and expertise.  

“To ensure a welcoming environment for Veterans, we must foster fair and inclusive VA workplaces where the experiences and perspectives of our diverse employees are valued,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. 

Download our diversity, equity, and inclusion flyer or, for a more thorough overview, download our brochure.

Improving access 

Veterans from underserved communities often encounter barriers to accessing health services, according to a 2019 Government Accountability Office report. We’re also committed to increasing women’s health services, as the percentage of female Veterans continues to grow. 

To help bridge that gap, it’s vital that patients from all backgrounds feel represented in their medical providers and confident that their unique health care needs are understood.  

We are dedicated to providing quality care to all Veterans regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity — striving toward the goal of removing barriers to VA health services. 

VA is a very special place. There are people who gave up their bodies and their lives so that we can live in a better society.

Fred Lewis Chief Diversity & Inclusion EEO Program Manager
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Support your education

We offer loan repayment, scholarships, and more.

Students and new grads 

Check out internship programs, including one specifically for diverse candidates, and a recruitment program for students and recent graduates with disabilities.  

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Training and scholarship programs 

Office of Academic Affiliation health professions training and scholarship programs are designed to increase job opportunities at VA for racial and ethnic minorities. 

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