U.S. Defense Health Agency Observes May as ‘Mental Health Month’

5/02/19 (Thu)

May 2, 2019 - Fort Sam Houston, Texas – Part of the U.S. Defense Health Agency mission is to deliver leading-edge health services, which includes the care and support of mental health for soldiers and their families. The Defense Health Agency shows its commitment by observing this May as Mental Health Month. This annual observation is led by the group Mental Health America, an organization that’s raised awareness of mental health since 1949.


During this month, the DHA will grow outreach initiatives among behavioral health care professionals about career opportunities to work directly with active duty service members, retired service members, and their families. The U.S. DHA strives to continually improve its standards of behavioral health care and to reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment among the many it serves.


The DHA is highlighting open career opportunities for civilians as Psychiatrists and Psychologists as well as future roles for Counselors and Social Workers to support the U.S. Army in achieving these goals. Candidates can also visit the DHA home page to search for behavioral health care jobs or Contact career specialists for more information.


“We are in constant pursuit of our Nation’s top talent to fill our critical vacancies. We are looking for the best and brightest candidates who are interested in joining our high-performing healthcare team; there are opportunities throughout the United States as well as overseas in places such as Germany, Italy, Japan, and Korea,” says Mr. Oscar Bocanegra, Director of Civilian Human Resources, Headquarters U.S. Army Medical Command, “By filling behavioral health positions with our country’s most highly qualified candidates, the DHA can continue providing the best quality of care to U.S. Army uniformed service members, retired service members, their families, and other eligible beneficiaries.”


DHA comprises one of the largest healthcare networks in the world. It operates worldwide at more than 70 healthcare facilities and clinics, many of which are located at military bases within the United States. A large percentage of these bases are in rural locations, but function as self-sufficient entities. Low living costs make them excellent places to retire or start a family. Additionally, most are only hours away from major metropolitan areas.


Civilians make up approximately 60% of the total Army Medicine workforce DHA employees work alongside military counterparts at DHA and are not subject to military requirements, such as enlistment or deployment, and receive excellent benefits, including flexible work schedules, competitive salaries, and extensive health insurance coverage options.


To learn more about the DHA and its mission to hire the best in behavioral health care for the U.S.A military, please visit




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