VA Northern California Health Care System
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D., representative for California’s 7th Congressional district, recently held a Veterans Summit at Rancho Cordova’s City Hall. The purpose of the Summit was to connect local veterans with resources in the Sacramento area and to give them the chance to ask questions of Representative Bera. VA Northern California Health Care System was in attendance along with several other veterans’ service organizations. Several important questions were raised by our Veterans, and we are happy to provide the answers.
Question: Why do Veterans have to register at different VA's? What are we doing to have medical records communicate between the VA and DOD?
Answer: Once you enroll with the VA for your health care, you can go to any VA facility for care. However, you will need to register at any new site in order to activate your record for that site. The VA uses an electronic medical records system which can be securely accessed by any VA health care facility. In addition, VA is currently working with DoD to allow seamless communication of medical information between the two entities.
Question: How will the Affordable Care Act affect Veterans?
Answer: If you are enrolled in VA health care, your coverage will not be affected by the new healthcare law. If you are not yet enrolled, you may apply at any time. Visit http://www.va.gov/health/aca/ for more information.
Question: Do Veterans receive briefings upon return from their deployment?
Answer: Yes, all Veterans are required to attend a two hour mandatory training that specifically addresses VA benefits. During this training the Veterans are given information and documentation on how to obtain VA care.
In addition, the Veteran is mandated to attend a minimum of two yellow ribbon reintegration events. For more information please see: http://www.yellowribbon.mil/
Question: What are the VA initiatives to hire Veterans?
Answer: The VA and the Federal Government have several initiatives that give employment preference to Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), the Disabled Veterans Enrolled in VA Training Program and the Veterans Preference are a few of the initiatives in place at the VA. For more information on these programs, please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website at www.opm.gov/veterans. Another useful websites for Veterans seeking employment is http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx.
If you are interested in employment at the Sacramento VA medical Center, visit our Human Resource Management Office where you can obtain information, view vacancy announcements, complete necessary materials or submit your application package.
Sacramento VA Medical Center
10535 Hospital Way, Building 707
Mather, California 95655