Jobs coming to Topeka as Dept. of Veteran Affairs opens crisis call center at VA

Published: Dec. 1, 2017 at 5:38 PM CST
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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 Thursday, 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.

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.

The call line is sponsored by the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, with two others in New York and Georgia.