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Health Resource Center – The Right Career Move

Health Resource Center Participates in VA Special Hiring Authority Initiative
The Special Hiring Authority Initiative provides Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) special hiring authorities for Veterans. It gives special consideration to eligible Veterans that separated under honorable conditions, based on the following criteria: Veterans are eligible under the Special Hiring Authority initiative if they are 30% or greater Service Connected Disabled, or have been in combat, or have recently separated (within the last 3 years).

woman helping a man with documentsThis program is important to Veterans because it provides Non-Competitive Consideration to Veterans. This means the job does not have to be advertised. If an opening exists, up to GS-11, the VA can fill that position with a qualified Special Hiring Authority Veteran. The Veteran must have the required skills and qualifications to successfully accomplish positional duties. Additionally, if the Veteran is 30% or greater Service Connected Disabled, then no grade restrictions exist (up to GS-15).

Health Resource Center Hits the Road
The Health Resource Center's (HRC) Veteran Outreach Team visits the following locations to educate Veterans and transitioning Military Service Members on job opportunities at the HRC and the Special Hiring Authority initiative:


  • KansasWorks Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and McConnell Air Force Base in Emporia, KS and Wichita, KS - every other Monday
  • KansasWorks Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP), Topeka, KS - every Tuesday afternoon
  • Fort Riley Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) and Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), Fort Riley, KS - every Wednesday morning
  • KansasWorks Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP), Manhattan, KS; Junction City, KS and Lawrence, KS - every Wednesday afternoon
  • KansasWorks Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) in the Kansas City area and Fort Leavenworth Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Kansas City, KS and Fort Leavenworth, KS - Quarterly


  • Fort Hood Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Ft. Hood, TX - Dates to be determined
  • Texas Veterans Commission (DVOP), Waco, TX and Ft. Hood, TX - Dates to be determined

Special Hiring Authority Program Proven Successful
In the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, the HRC Veteran Outreach Team recruited and brought onboard 19 Veterans. The team has another 50 Veterans currently applying for, and in the process of qualifying for, various positions within the HRC. The word is spreading fast that the HRC is a Veteran friendly place to work. HRC even had a Veteran call and begin the Special Hiring Authority application process from Afghanistan.

For more information on VA Non-Competitive Consideration please contact:
Teresa L. Pearson
Senior HR Specialist (Staffing/Classification/Outreach)
VA Chief Business Office - Workforce Management
Phone: (785) 350-3911
Alternate Phone: (785) 350-3754
Fax: (785) 228-4851


Application packet must include the following documents:

  • Current Federal Resume
    • REQUIRED Information: Start/End Dates of Employment (including month & year), Pay Series/Grade/Step, Hours worked per week, Supervisor Contact Information 
  • DD-214 Member 4 copy, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
  • VA Disability Letter, if applicable
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education
  • SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference,
  • OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment,