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Breaking down barriers to health care for rural veterans is fundamental to the work we do here at VA. You can be part of the solution: explore a career serving rural veterans today.

Meet veterans where they live

Whether it’s creating new jobs, attracting clinical professionals, or using technology to walk the miles, investing in rural health care for veterans is one of our top priorities.

Nearly a quarter of all veterans in the United States, or 4.7 million, return from active military careers to reside in rural communities for a number of reasons.

For some, it’s about getting closer to family, friends and the familiar. For others, it may be a greater sense of privacy, a lower cost of living, or the appeal of open space and fewer people.

Whatever the reason, while veterans may enjoy the benefits of rural living, they may also experience health care challenges that are magnified by their proximity to health care facilities. That’s why VA has dedicated many resources to reaching veterans who settle outside of urban areas.

Investments in rural veterans care

Part of VA’s commitment to equity of care comes in the form of services to veterans who live in rural communities. We recognize the need to provide accessible care to rural Veterans and allocate 32% of our health care budget to the care of rural Veterans.

Those seeking a career in rural VA facilities are also extremely valuable to us. Recent efforts like the PACT Act have included incentives to encourage professionals like you to come to our rural facilities. If you work in the private sector, we may be able to buy out your contract in exchange for your rural expertise.

We make these investments because we know the impact your expertise can bring. You can have a huge impact on the health of the entire community and see the outcome of your care more holistically.

In return, you can gain valuable experience in treating a wide range of health conditions. Rural communities often have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. You’ll also interact with an aging population that is in greater need of healthcare services – 55% of rural veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system are over 65.

Bridging the Gap with Telehealth

Where distances to care are great, alternatives may be needed. To support rural veterans, as well as rural providers, we continued our investments in telehealth technologies. Continued investment in our telehealth services will provide care to even more patients, which in turn means more job opportunities.

In April, VA opened a new Clinical Resource Center (CRH) in Boise, Idaho, the first such facility in our network. The HRC provides workspace for VA personnel while treating veterans through our telehealth network. For doctors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and more, the CRH is their office and provides the ability to connect with patients anywhere, anytime.

Supporting systems that care for veterans is also a necessity to improve our telehealth networks. Program specialists provide essential operational management and technical expertise to maintain clinical telehealth operations at our facilities, ensuring we can reach veterans regardless of distance.

Work at VA

Help us promote the health and well-being of rural veterans with a career at VA.