News : Jobs Coming to Topeka as Department of Veteran Affairs Opens Crisis Call Center at VA
Topeka, KS, USA, Dec, 2017 -- Topeka will soon house the country's third Veterans Crisis Line call center, bringing 140 jobs to the city.
The VA is hosting a job fair looking for applicants to staff the new Topeka location. They are looking for people with experience or a Master's Degree in mental health, social work or psychology.
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One supervisor of the call center in Atlanta says workers do more than just answer the phone.
"I almost wish I could bottle up some of that passion that walks in the door everyday, every night, every overnight shift, 24 hours a day," Garrett Dickinson said. "On the holidays, on the weekends, any moment you could think of. We're there, we're taking calls and that's really the front line for veteran's suicide."
The crisis line handles calls from veterans who are contemplating suicide or harming themselves.
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About Department Of Veterans Affairs:
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is the United States government’s second largest department, after the United States Department of Defense. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. In 2012, the proposed budget for Veterans Affairs was $132 billion. The VA 2014 Budget request for 2014 is $152.7 billion. This includes $66.5 billion in discretionary resources and $86.1 billion in mandatory funding. The discretionary budget request represents an increase of $2.7 billion, or 4.3 percent, over the 2013 enacted level.
Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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