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National Social Work Program

March is National Social Work Month

VA Recognizes National Social Work Month in March

This month, VA salutes the impact social workers make toward the delivery of world-class health care for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors across the nation. Social workers are embedded within most VA departments, including primary care, the emergency department, mental health, rehabilitation units, community living centers, Vet Centers, and more. In fact, 

Did you know? The White House officially recognized March as National Social Work month in 1984.

Social Work Month encourages support of the profession, uplifts social workers, and celebrates their contributions. The theme for this year, chosen by the National Association of Social Work, is “Empowering Social Workers! Inspiring Action, Leading Change.”

Empowering social workers: 

Social work has been a critical part of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for almost 100 years. The mission of VA Social Work is to assist Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors in resolving Social Drivers of Health challenges to health and well-being, identifying, and resolving unmet social needs.

Did you know? The first VA Social Work Director was appointed into the US Veterans Bureau, Central Office in 1922 and the social work department was established in 1926. VA Social Work expanded from 36 social workers in 1926 to upwards of 20,000 in 2024, making VA is the largest employer of social workers in nation.

Inspiring Action
Social workers enter the profession because they truly want to help others. They go through years of education, training, and supervision so they can perform the delicate but important work of meeting people where they are and helping them achieve their goals.

Did you know? VA Social Work offers the largest and most comprehensive clinical training program for social workers in the nation, training approximately 1,500 Master of Social Work Health Profession Trainees annually.

Social work is woven into the fabric of VA health care, providing clinical interventions and services that support access to care including resource navigation, crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, advanced care planning, mental health interventions, support related to housing instability, and much more.

Leading Change
March is also National Nutrition Month®. This year Care Management and Social Work Services, National Social Work Program, and the Nutrition and Food Services are hosting local events together to raise awareness to food security matters. This collaboration moves beyond the dinner table and inspires dietitians and social workers to collectively bring awareness to Veteran food insecurity across VHA and local communities, while inviting Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors to learn about informed food choices and develop healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Whether arranging service member benefit payments, connecting homeless Veterans with housing resources or counseling Veterans with injuries or trauma, VA social workers impact millions of Veterans’ lives. 

It is an honor to recognize the invaluable work our VA social workers do every day to serve those who have sacrificed in service to our country.

Connect with VA social workers
If you or someone you know would like to talk to a VA social worker contact your facility Social work leader

Hear from VA social workers 

Hear from VA social workers using the YouTube links below:

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/images/2023-2024/YouTubeVideo-TinyBadge.png VA Careers – Social Work 
/images/2023-2024/YouTubeVideo-TinyBadge.png VA Careers – Social Work Health Professional Trainee 
/images/2023-2024/YouTubeVideo-TinyBadge.png VA Careers – Social Work Service Education and Training Coordinator 

To learn more about VA social work careers, visit

Connect with VA social workers

There is a social work leader in every VA health care system to help you get the care you need. The social work leader will connect you to the VA employee who can assist., contact your local VA healthcare system social work leader.