Breaking down barriers to health care for rural Veterans is fundamental to our work at VA. That’s why, all across the United States, we’re undertaking a nationwide hiring surge to recruit health care providers and support staff to our rural facilities.
We want you to be part of this effort. Your expertise can make a difference for the nearly 5 million Veterans who reside in rural communities, where distance can make accessing services a challenge.
In turn, you can experience some advantages that are not as common in urban locations. Rural regions offer greater privacy, less traffic, more personal space, a lower cost of living, and access to the outdoors — all the things that brought Veterans to these communities in the first place.
Take a look at more of our rural locations, and you just might find a place that calls to you, too.
- Tomah, Wisconsin — At the intersection of interstates 90 and 94, you’ll find the city of Tomah and the Tomah VA Health Care System. A gem in the heartland of Wisconsin, Tomah offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as annual events like high school rodeos, tractor pulls, and a county fair.
- Poplar Bluff, Missouri — Known as “The Gateway to the Ozarks,” Poplar Bluff traces its history back to settlements founded in the early 19th century, and its name was taken from the poplar trees that grew on the then-uninhabited bluff. VA Poplar Bluff’s main campus, the John J. Pershing Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, offers primary care, specialty care, and mental health services.
- Muskogee, Oklahoma — Home of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System, Muskogee celebrates its Veterans with Honor Heights Park, a World War I memorial, and the U.S.S. Batfish and War Memorial Park, which houses a World War II submarine. You might recognize the name of this community from the 1969 Merle Haggard song, “Okie from Muskogee.”
- Big Spring, Texas — The heart of VA West Texas Healthcare System, Big Spring takes its name from the large spring that issues into a small gorge between the base of Scenic Mountain and a neighboring hill in the southwestern part of the city limits. Among its notable alumni is Carl Bunch, a drummer who performed with Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Jr., and Roy Orbison.
- Fort Harrison, Montana — Originally named after the 26th president, Fort Harrison is home to the Montana National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Navy Reserve, as well as Fort Harrison VA Medical Center.
- Sheridan, Wyoming — Named after General Philip Sheridan, a Union cavalry leader in the U.S. Civil War, Sheridan is located halfway between Yellowstone Park and Mount Rushmore, and has a strong rodeo culture that draws from ranching history. Local lore says that Buffalo Bill Cody once auditioned talent for his famous Wild West Show off the front porch of the Sheridan Inn.
- Roseburg, Oregon — Tucked between Oregon’s Coast Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east, Roseburg is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and waterfalls. The “Timber Capital of the Nation” and its logging industry was referenced in country singer Johnny Cash’s 1960 song, “Lumberjack,” and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife lists more than 50 fishing areas in the Roseburg area.
- Fort Meade, South Dakota — A former U.S. Army post located just east of Sturgis, Fort Meade currently is home to a Fort Meade VA Medical Center and South Dakota Army National Guard training facilities. In 1892, post commander Colonel Caleb H. Carlton began the custom of playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at military ceremonies, long before the song became the national anthem.
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