Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
A satisfying career...why I choose VA
I came to work here at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in 1995 as a food service worker. I really like working at the VA where I can serve Veterans. Right now, I am a cook, but I’ve also worked on the CLC on the fourth floor serving Veterans their meals daily. I really enjoyed working with Veterans on that inpatient unit because sometimes I would get a chance to just talk with them one on one. I would listen to what was going on in their life and offer them someone to talk to. I liked meeting and greeting the Veterans as they were going to their rooms. I have been a cook for one year now, and this job is personally fulfilling and satisfying.
I really like the experience of cooking and getting to see my finished product. I also like to hear from the Veterans what they liked and what they didn’t like so I can try to make adjustments in the future. The majority of the people that I work with are Veterans, and we’re like a close-knit family. I enjoy working with my fellow Veterans.
I am an Army Veteran, and while I was in the service I was an honor guard for four years. We went out to different places to assist a Veteran’s family with funeral detail and performed the 21-gun salute. In the army I was 57-H, a truck driver, and I did that for six years. I am now service connected for injuries I got while in the military.
I’ve been a patient here since the early 1990s. Even before I started working here I was a patient. I have to say that the care here has been great. I have a very good relationship with my primary care doctor and my rheumatologist. They always have the time to talk with me about everything that is going on with me physically.
I love to contribute to Veterans’ lives and I enjoy having meaningful work that allows me to communicate with individuals. I like working with them to discuss problems, and help them overcome anything that is giving them an issue. I plan on working for the Veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center until I retire.