Tag Archives: military

Suicide Prevention and Supporting Our Veterans

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and every American can make a difference in helping to prevent Veteran suicide.  Of the 30,000 suicides that are committed each year, on average, more than 20 percent are veterans.  Suicide Prevention Month, which coincides with Suicide Prevent Week from September 9th through September 15th and World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, serves ... Read More »

NASW web page addresses veterans, military members support

By Rena Malai, News Staff In its continued support of veterans, military members and their families, NASW has devoted a new page on the NASW website to provide its members with relevant resources. Social workers who work with — or are interested in working with — military members, veterans and their families can visit the page at www.socialworkers.org/military.asp, where they ... Read More »

What our readers are saying: Military recruitment

NASW News Letters to the Editor: Where there’s a will … This letter is in response to Dr. Carol B. Sisco’s February 2012 letter “The Military’s loss”. As I read Dr. Sisco’s letter I am reminded of my own experience in joining the military, but with a much different outcome. I was 56 years old in 2007 when I first ... Read More »

Social Worker Helps Fellow Soldiers in Afghanistan

At an age when many people are considering retirement, Capt. Dan Grinstead was instead leaving for his first deployment to Afghanistan, according to an article on 9news.com, a website for Denver’s local NBC affiliate. Grinstead, an Iowa native in his 60s and a social worker for 35 years, felt that his services would be best put to use helping soldiers ... Read More »

Armed Forces See Need for Social Workers

By Rena Malai, NEWS Staff In the aftermath of the global war on terror, officials say the number of enlisted social workers within the military has gone down and the need to rebuild those ranks is greater than ever. Soldiers experiencing mental health challenges — ranging from posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety and personal problems — can face risks to their ... Read More »

NASW Supports the End of the War in Iraq

President Obama recently announced that U.S. troops will return home from Iraq by the end of this year. After nearly nine years, the war in Iraq will end. According to the White House, “The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest ... Read More »

Female Veterans and the American Jobs Act

When President Obama spoke recently about the American Jobs Act, he specifically outlined a program designed to increase hiring of veterans.  Although this proposal might not strike the reader as being specific to women, it’s important to remember how many women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with some form of traumatic stress.  Also, in terms of health, some women ... Read More »

Give an Hour on the 9/11 Day of Service

9/11 Day of Service Announcement Mental Health Professionals:  Help our Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Combat the Psychological and Emotional Effects of War Give an Hour™ is joining with Points of Light and the HandsOn Network and partnering with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and other national and state ... Read More »

New Report Shows Military Suicides Increase; How You Can Help

Recently, it was reported that for the second consecutive year, the United States has lost more troops to suicide than combat.  This news comes on the heels of a guide for military families issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that focuses on mental health.  While these two points do not go perfectly hand in hand (the distinction between active ... Read More »