Puffy Clouds over Country RoadI am sure you have heard the saying about being a small fish in a big pond. At VA, our many rural locations allow you to be a big fish, in a small pond. I love to find stories that tell a healthcare providers perspective of practicing in rural America. Being a small town boy myself, I love to bring “modern anything” back home.

If you are from a small town or wish you were, start researching the many rural locations nationwide at VA that afford opportunities to make a difference.

About Rural Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VA) provides comprehensive healthcare services to approximately 7.8 million of the 23 million United States Veterans. U.S. soldiers in recent conflicts are increasingly drawn from rural areas and, therefore, rural VA users are growing proportionate to urban VA users. Youths living in the most sparsely populated zip codes are 22 percent more likely to join the Army, with an opposite trend in cities. Regionally, most enlistees come from the South (40 percent) and West (24 percent). 

Learn more on VA Careers about benefits such as:

  • A slower pace of life and less stress
  • A greater feeling of safety and security in the community
  • Less traffic and pollution
  • Lower housing costs
  • Getting closer to the great outdoors with outdoor recreational opportunities
  • And, commonly, an elevated status in the community







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