“Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” - President Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
With those words, President Lincoln committed the nation to ensure returning veterans have the care and services they deserve. Now, nearly 150 years later, the Department of Veterans Affairs has grown into one of the largest health care systems in the Nation. The VA operates more than 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 206 Veterans centers, 24 military discharge centers and a number of other facilities across the country.
Recently the VA has announced a new program called Care Enough to Share which would allow qualified mental health providers such as MFTs to be able to volunteer in local VA facilities. In addition, by volunteering you can even earn continuing education credits and maintain clinical hours for licensure.
From dealing with depression to PTSD, to helping Veterans cope with transitioning back to society, there is always a need for more mental health professionals to help care for our veterans.
For more information about the program visit VACareers.va.gov/woc. For consideration, email your CV, transcripts and supporting documentation to VAMentalHealthWOC@va.gov. In the email, please include your preferred location and the type of work you are able to perform.