Social Workers Work in Every VA Medical Center, Vet Center and in Many Community Based Clinics.
The information in these pages is for the Veterans we serve, their families, caregivers and loved ones, the general public and prospective social work students and employees.
90th Anniversary of VA Social Work
Social Workers at VA medical facilities nationwide are taking part in a variety of activities as part of the 90th Anniversary of VA Social Work to highlight the key role VA’s 12,000 social workers play in helping our nation’s Veterans obtain needed care and services. The theme for the anniversary is “VA Social Work: 90 Years of Excellence.” The theme was chosen by the Care Management and Social Work Services Public Relations Committee and acknowledges the rich history of VA social work innovators and leaders as well as the profession’s commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life opportunities for Veterans, their families, and caregivers.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Veterans can dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 to connect to VA suicide prevention and mental health service professionals.
A Social Workers can advise Veterans, their family members, Caregivers and friends about getting help from the VA or from community agencies to enable them to continue to live in their own home, or help with programs such as Meals on Wheels. VA social workers are responsible for ensuring continuity of care through the admission, evaluation, treatment, and follow-up processes. This includes coordinating discharge planning and providing case management services based on the patients clinical and community health and social services resources.
VA Social Workers develop and implement treatment approaches which address individual social problems. Below is a check list of areas where social workers can help:
- Marriage or family problems;
- Help with moving to an assisted living facility;
- A board and care home or a nursing home;
- Counseling references if someone close to the Veteran has passed away and you want to talk about it;
- Problems with drinking or drug use;
- Counseling about those who feel they are mistreated in a relationship;
- If you are a parent who feels overwhelmed with child care;
- Help a Veteran’s parent or spouse is in failing health; depression; financial or housing assistance;
- Those who need help in applying for benefits from the VA, Social Security and other government and community programs can seek help from a VA social worker.