The Department of Veteran Affairs has created so many new jobs at the agency after the exemption by President Donald Trump from the federal hiring freeze. There are currently 45,000 empty positions that are being filled.
There are positions available at the Veterans Crisis Line as well as openings at the Arlington Cemetary, in cybersecurity, law enforcement and criminal investigations.
The slow hiring process could be due to a lot of negative publicity by liberal media outlets, which is hindering the agency’s job openings. The VA healthcare system is the largest healthcare systems in the country, currently with 360,000 employees.
This is actually something you see across America, particularly in rural America, where there’s a shortage of health care professionals.We’re out actively trying to recruit many health care professionals… and the negative attention that’s been put on VA has hurt the morale of our work force.
So what we’re trying to do is get people to understand that when they come to work at VA, this is really a terrific place to work. It’s filled with dedicated professionals, we’re doing great work every day, it’s a way to serve your country and we want people to come join us. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, 453,000 veterans were unemployed in 2016. The unemployment rate in 2016 was 4.2 percent for male veterans and five percent for female veterans. “In 2016, 20.9 million men and women were veterans, accounting for about nine percent of the civilian noninstitutional population age 18 and over,” the BLS noted in its press release.