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Take the field with VA Careers at the First Responder Bowl

Join VA Careers for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, which will be played Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023, at Southern Methodist University (SMU)’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. Kickoff time is set for 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

VA Careers is a proud sponsor of this year’s First Responder Bowl, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the work of these dedicated professionals. After all, we have plenty of first responders on our own team! Both police officers and firefighters are part of the VA family, and their work is integral to keeping our facilities safe and secure for the Veterans we serve.

“From doctors to nurses, from carpenters to cooks—and yes, from police officers to firefighters—it takes a team of dedicated professionals to meet the needs of Veterans,” said Darren Sherrard, associate director of recruitment marketing at VA. “While we’re sure going to enjoy the game, we’ll enjoy sharing their stories with you even more.”

Work that matters

We know that our world would be a very different place without Veterans. Though we wish that every Veteran could be hale and hearty every single day, we’re thankful to stand beside them during their health care journeys, and to be here when and how they need us.

Our goal at VA is to deliver on our country’s long-standing promise to honor and care for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country. This is what brings us together, what drives us, and what shapes the way we approach our daily work.

Everyone who works at VA is united by a choice, a decision to embrace the mission of caring for our Veterans in a kind and professional manner. Our employees, and those choices, are the reason we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

It’s a choice you can make, too, and helping you take the first step on that path of pride in service is why we’re here.

Benefits that make a difference

No matter the role you choose, there are some rewards that just won’t change, because we value you the way you value our Veterans.

VA knows that your time is important, and we encourage a life/work balance by offering 13-26 days paid leave, as well as 13 sick days annually, 11 paid federal holidays each year, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

When the time comes to retire, your finances will be secure. VA employees have access to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which allows you to tax-defer a portion of your income each year, similar to a 401(k).

With Federal Employees Health Benefits, you can prepare for the unexpected and choose from a variety of plans that all cover preexisting conditions for you and your family. We’ll also cover you and eligible family members with Federal Employees Group Life Insurance.

All those employment benefits are in addition to any benefits you earned if you served in the military. As a VA employee, you can choose to carry over eligible military service time that can be added to your total years of service for retirement purposes.

For retired military personnel, our financial benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension, while those Veterans who choose to continue their service in the reserve or National Guard can receive 15 days of military leave a year.

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Keep an eye open throughout the game for your chance to learn about the care we offer Veterans and how you can join in our mission of service.

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