Share w/ Local Trainees: DUE FEB 21 – Candidates – Register for VA Recruitment Online Meet and Greets Event for 2024 Staff Positions

Feb 8, 2024 | Optometry HQ Announcements

Register by Feb. 21:  Candidate registration is now open for VA’s Winter 2024 online Trainee Recruitment Event (VA-TRE) to connect current and former VA trainees with VA facilities who are interested in hiring them for 2024 staff positions after they finish their programs. More detailed information for applicants is below and a Candidate Guide with a list of participating locations is attached.


Trainees may participate even if your own site is not currently recruiting, to learn about openings at other VA sites.


This quarter, our online meet-and-greet event is for jobs with start dates through December 2024. An event overview and full list of participating sites and positions by profession is attached. We recommend that trainees review the attached information before completing the registration form.


All registered current and former trainees will also receive an invitation to optional Teams sessions with the VA Trainee Recruitment Team on  “Finding Your VA Career” with event and traditional application tips to assist in their job search.




Candidate Registration Links Winter VA-TRE Event


Professions Registration Link
Blind Rehab Specialists
Mental Health Counselors & Marriage and Family Therapists
Nurse Practitioners (completing VA Residencies- all specialties)
Occupational Therapists 
Physical Therapists
Physician Assistants
Social Workers (all depts)
Speech Language Pathology


  • MAILING LIST (For All Other Trainees or Trainees Available after 2024): Current and former VA health professions trainees (HPTs) in any profession who would like to add themselves to our email list for future recruitment event outreach may do so at this link at any time: Register for VA Trainee Candidate Mailing List. HPTs will receive an automated general reply from the system, but will be added specifically to the HPT contact list for their profession. Trainees who also submit a resume and geographic preference may also be connected with recruiters and/or hiring managers at their desired VA locations as positions open in the future.





The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is excited to open registration for our online recruitment and hiring event for current and former VA trainees interested in VA staff positions with start dates in 2024. Find a list of participating locations and positions by sub-specialty attached!

Registration is easy! When you register, you will provide:

  • Choose Your Meet-and-Greets: Review the full list of locations and posted positions – you may choose as many participating meet-and-greet sites as you like.
  • Wish List: if there are other VA sites not on the list that interest you, we will connect you to a recruiter when new positions become available; you may do a wish list whether you sign up for meet-and-greets or not.
  • The month and year that you expect to be available to start your new position
  • Your contact info
  • A CV/resume in Word or PDF

When you register and submit a CV or resume, you will be connected with the participating sites’ local team, who will schedule an online or phone meet-and-greet between March 4 – 22 to discuss your career goals and practice life at their location. After their meet-and-greets, facilities can proceed to scheduling interviews and making job offers to their top interested candidates for after they complete their programs.

What are VA-Trainee Recruitment Events (VA-TRE)?

  • Purpose: Through VA-TRE, VA connects interested current and former trainees who want to continue their careers at VA with locations who want to hire our trainees.
  • Time frame: This VA-TRE meet and greet and interview period runs from November 13 – December 22, 2023. Facilities are seeking candidates who will become available from now through December 2024.
  • Who? This event is dedicated to current and former VA trainees.
  • Registration:  Register via the link above – you will be asked to provide your contact info, availability date (month/year), a CV, and to select the locations you would like to meet with.
  • Connecting:  VA-TRE connects you with your chosen sites for a brief initial meet and greet (online, by phone, or face-to-face if you are local) and facilities can decide to proceed with interviewing and making job offers to their interested candidates.

What are Meet and Greets?

  • 15-minute initial conversations between the facility and the interested candidate, conducted by phone, MS Teams or Web-Ex calls, and/or in-person for local candidates. This is a chance for you to hear more about their open positions and practice life at their facility and for them to learn more about your career interests and goals.
  • After meet-and-greets, facilities can decide to schedule interviews and make job offers to interested candidates for staff positions to begin after trainees have completed their programs.

What are some benefits of working for the VA?

In addition to the rewards of serving our nation’s Veterans alongside a talented team of healthcare providers, federal employees are entitled to many benefits including generous vacation time, health, vision, dental and life insurance, free professional liability protection, family care and sick leave, pensions, and retirement investment accounts with matching funds, and when applicable, education loan repayment and ongoing professional training funding. Review the Psychology Total Rewards Brochure for more information.

Contact Information:

Should you have any general questions about the TRE process, please contact the VA Trainee Recruitment Team at or you can reach out directly to our registration coordinators, Crystal Keeler and Amy Loveridge, Senior HR Consultants, at; if you need assistance with your application.

Questions About VA Trainee Recruitment? Contact and a member of our team will assist you!


VA-TRE Winter 2024 Candidate Guide and Participating Locations by Profession