Tag Archives: veterans

Military Suicides Increase Need for Mental Health Services

Recently, the Department of Defense confirmed that 2012 witnessed a sharp increase in suicides committed by active duty Servicemembers.  This only serves to highlight the need for an increase in mental health providers throughout the military.  NASW has emphasized this need on behalf of the social work profession, as have many schools of social work who have developed programs specific to this ... Read More »

NASW Thanks our Nation’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) celebrates Veterans Day on November 11, 2012 and thanks our nation’s Service Members, Veterans, and their families for their service. NASW is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our nation’s Service Members, Veterans, and their loved ones.  The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and ... Read More »

Jill Biden announces NASW’s commitment to Joining Forces initiative

By Laetitia Clayton, News staff Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a lifelong educator, spoke to social workers during NASW’s national Hope conference in July about their role in helping service members, veterans and their families cope with the effects of war — and she announced NASW’s commitment to support and advance this role. NASW has ... Read More »

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 »

New York State Chapter leads training initiative

By Paul R. Pace, News Staff An effort to improve the skills of social workers and other community mental health professionals in addressing the mental health concerns of returning war veterans and their families has grown into a wide-ranging initiative in New York State. Reinaldo Cardona, executive director of the NASW New York State Chapter, said he and his staff ... 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 »