Tag Archives: veterans

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

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 ... Read More »

NASW honors Veterans on Veterans Day

Mid adult man kisses his soldier wife

  NASW honors our brave veterans on Veterans Day. Learn how NASW is helping social workers better serve veterans, active duty military and their families. NASW Military & Veterans Page Veterans Health Administration White Ribbon VA domestic violence prevention program (NASW is a partner). You can also listen to the an NASW Social Work Talks Podcast episode on White Ribbon ... Read More »

Join Veterans Affairs #BeThere Campaign during Suicide Prevention Month in September

Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the largest employers of social workers, this month is running a #BeThere suicide prevention campaign for veterans and service members. The campaign offers tips we can all do to prevent people from dying by suicide. Here are other Suicide Prevention Month resources social workers that may interest ... Read More »

Read Metari Garza’s Social Work Month Poem “Stand Up”

Metari Garza

Social Worker Metari Garza has been serving veterans for seven years. She is also a writer of poetry and a spoken word artist. During Social Work Month Garza, LCSW, CCM, shared her poem “Stand Up” with other staff at the VA North Texas Health Care System. The chief of Social Work Services then shared it with our national VA leadership. ... Read More »

Social workers help tackle homelessness

By Alison Laurio, News contributor When Georgia Van Cooten walked into New York City’s Penn Station to participate in the homeless count this year, her thoughts went to two people. A second-year master’s in social work student at Touro College in New York City, Van Cooten also had taken part in the 2015 count. Back then, she talked with a ... Read More »

NASW Honors Veterans Day with Resources to Help Social Workers Serve Service Members, Veterans and their Families

The National Association of Social Workers recognizes Veterans Day. We congratulate the brave men and women in our armed services and veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers. In fact, the VA is the largest employer of social workers with a master’s degree. Social workers provide support to the military, veterans and their families, ... Read More »

Caregivers of veterans with “invisible” injuries: What we know and implications for social work practice

The two longest volunteer-fought conflicts in US history have resulted in large numbers of veterans coming home not only with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but also traumatic brain injury (TBI). These “signature” injuries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been called “invisible” since they are not necessarily accompanied by physical scars or injuries. Yet PTSD and TBI can cause ... Read More »

Social Work Practice with Veterans

In times of crisis, service members answer the call of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. When our military service members are called to defend our nation, the entire family system is affected. The families of deployed service members are also called on to serve and sacrifice for their country as they continually accept, adapt, and adjust to ... Read More »

Special Issue of Health & Social Work on Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

Approximately 2.2 million service members make up the U.S. all-volunteer force in the active, National Guard, and Reserve components, representing less than one percent of all U.S. citizens. Furthermore, veterans constitute seven percent of the country’s population, or almost 22 million persons, with ten percent of those being female. The largest living cohort of veterans served during the Vietnam era. ... Read More »

Special Issue of Children & Schools on School Social Workers and Military-Connected Schools

It is estimated that the children of parents either who are currently in the military or who are veterans numbers over 4 million in the United States. These children and their families have and/or continue to experience multiple deployments, family separation, frequent transitions and relocations, and other stressful life events that their non-military-connected peers usually do not undergo. Supportive school ... Read More »