Tag Archives: veterans

NHPCO: We Honor Veterans Campaign will Help Providers Care for Veterans at the End of Life

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is launching We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign to help improve the care Veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers. For Immediate Release: October 26, 2010 We Honor Veterans Campaign will Help Providers Care for Veterans at the End of Life Developed by National ... Read More »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Found to be Unconstitutional

NASW’s efforts to repeal the U.S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy reached a conclusion on Thursday when Federal District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled the policy to be unconstitutional. Judge Phillips accepted the arguments of the plaintiffs: that due process rights were being denied under the Fifth Amendment, and that the First Amendment’s right to freedom of ... Read More »

VA Eases Veterans’ Burden of Proving PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is generally considered the signature wound of the last several years of warfare.  However, PTSD has only been an official diagnosis since the 1980’s, and even today many veterans suffering from PTSD have a difficult time proving that they’re coping with this disorder.   That’s why NASW is so pleased to see the Department of ... Read More »

Help for Veterans who are Homeless

Not long after Barack Obama was elected President, he worked closely with Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on eliminating homelessness among people who are veterans.  The issue became so important that Sec. Shinseki publicly stated that he wanted to completely end veteran homelessness by 2015. The VA is taking some immediate steps to aid homeless ... Read More »

Michelle Obama and Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama has made military families a priority throughout her time in the White House. First, she thanked veterans and their families privately for their contributions. Then, she publicly stated her support alongside Dr. Jill Biden at the 2009 World Series. Now, she has delivered the most meaningful contribution of all: a promise of funding. According to Mrs. ... Read More »

Martin Luther King Day—National Day of Service

National Association of Social Workers Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service NASW Encourages Mental Health Providers to Give an Hour to Serve Veterans NASW joins the nation in honoring the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a national day of service. In response to the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) conflicts, NASW ... Read More »

In honor of Veterans Day, please consider joining Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization providing free counseling and other mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and their loved ones.  Join the more than 4,500 mental health professionals who have already donated nearly 20,000 hours to make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country by donating ... Read More »

Hot Topics from August Health & Social Work Journal

The August issue of Health & Social Work (Vol. 34, No. 3) covers a wide range of topics important to social work and social workers, with the “Viewpoint” feature article by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) on posttraumatic stress disorder. Below is a sampling of what’s inside the issue. Download the table of contents of the August Health & Social Work ... Read More »

New Fact Sheet: Social Workers Speak on Veterans Issues

The United States has been at war for more than eight years, with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan beginning in 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. During this time, more than 1.5 million troops have been deployed to serve in these wars. Social workers continue to play an important role in the lives of veterans both during and after ... Read More »

NASW Supports Give an Hour’s Efforts

The organization provides mental health services separate from the military establishment. By Heidi Sfiligoj, NASW News Staff NASW has endorsed Give an Hour, a national nonprofit grassroots organization with the goal of creating a national network of licensed mental health professionals who can offer free mental health services to military personnel and their families. NASW first announced its endorsement of ... Read More »