President-Elect Biden chooses Social Worker Meg Kabat to lead VA transition

Meg Kabat, LCSW-C, CCM

Meg Kabat, LCSW-C, CCM

President-Elect Joe Biden has tapped social worker Meg Kabat to lead his administration’s transition at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), according to an article in MeriTalk.

Kabat, LCSW-C, CCM, is currently a senior director at the Atlas Group consultant firm, where her clients include the Defense Health Agency and the VA.

Kabat was previously the National Director of the Caregiver Support Program at the VA.

Social workers play a key role at the VA. The agency has more than 15,000 social workers on staff, making it the largest employer of social workers in the nation.

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  1. Congratulations Meg! So proud of a DHS friend and another social worker. Hoping for good change to come. ❤️ Kiran

  2. Congratulations Meg!
    President-Elect Biden selected a very dedicated and talented social worker.
    Kerry Mooney

  3. Congratulations. Love to see fellow social workers leading the way. VA is the largest employers of social workers so it’s nice to see one at the helm!

  4. Someone née to do something. The VA is a train wreck for older Vets. My husband died before they ever helped us with anything.

  5. Congratulations, it is exhilarating to see a licensed social worker having this role with the President-elect VA transition team. Proud to be a social worker.

  6. Hello Meg,

    Congratulations!!!!I am an Alumni Elizabeth Dole Foundation, class of 2017. I remember when you came to speak to us at the convening. I am so excited for you. Also I am a certified Marriage and Family Therapist/Counselor in Illinois. I would love to be part of you exciting team.

  7. The Post 9/11 Caregiver Program was a disaster under her leadership. There was no accountability at all for anyone who held positions under her.

    • Well, nice to know I will be getting screwed at the national level now! At least before I felt I could push things higher. Now, I’m just totally hosed.

  8. Poor veterans, screwed again!

  9. Could she possibly help me get more than 10% from the VA considering I was supposed to be a paralyzed vegetable if I survived the 93% mortality rate? I am from Virginia originally but live in Oklahoma now just in case I don’t check my email and she gets the VA to contact me

    • So are you a vegetable? You received 10% for what s/c disability? Email me Monday and I’ll look at your claim and call you.

  10. This is amazing. As a social worker myself for over 23 years it’s great to see that we are recognized for the amazing work we do. Congrats to Ms. Kabat

    • Yes, it’s true she was over the caregiver program.

    • She was the national director for the program prior to leaving. However, the Caregiver program has strict criteria as defined in the public law and had to pass legislation. Recently, with the expansion, they have actually increased the number of Veterans being accepted, who, without a caregiver, would be institutionalized either in a psychiatric facility or a nursing home.

    • Despite that strict criteria and legislative authority (LAWS), the program did not follow them and they removed / discharged / revoked (the term from the law)) over 60K veterans from the program between 2013 – 2017. The expansion will permit other eras to apply, but VA created a whole new set of rules that are outside their authority (restricting the program to only those veterans with a 70% rating), that will choke the program off.

    • Yes that was her program. Even states that in the article above, that she was the NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE VA CAREGIVER PROGRAM

    • Yes, that is true and more.

  11. Janice thron-kelly

    This is amazing news for everyone especially those of us who work at the VA

  12. Congratulations!

  13. Wow as a social worker this makes me proud and reaffirms that my vote for Biden is for the greater good

  14. Katasha Gray (Copridge)

    This is AWESOME sure wish she could help this social work Veteran with her issues with the VA anyway congratulations and hope the much needed change can be positively implemented.

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