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Social Work - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Health Administration stands out as an agency that values the role of social work in veteran-centered care. This is evident by the vast roles social workers hold throughout the system. While providing counseling, therapy, supportive services, and case management to veterans, they also serve as a vital team member in a system that relies heavily on the interdisciplinary model.

To maximize one's health, we must address each barrier faced and all strengths our veterans possess. The social worker is depended upon to provide insight to the team on the specific psychosocial factors that can assist the patient achieve optimal care outcomes. The Veterans Health Administration has added many new and exciting programs to the already immense system in place to care for our nation’s veterans. The VA is expanding it’s scope to not only treat medical and mental health concerns, but it is also increasing its efforts to tackle housing, legal issues, caregiver support, and community planning. The continuity of care within the VA system is truly all-encompassing.

You will find social workers in all program areas in VA medical centers who are ready to help you with most any need. If you have questions or problems, the social worker will be able to help you or can refer you to the right person for help.

Social Workers provide a variety of services within the VA System and the community, these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Information linkage and referral
  • Discharge planning
  • Outreach to homeless veterans
  • Counseling and psychotherapy
  • Case management
  • Financial Assistance referral
  • Housing and community living options
  • Assessment treatment of substance abuse problems
  • Advance Directives, mental health preferences, and long term term planning.

About VHA Social Work

Social Workers provide evaluative, preventive, therapeutic, restorative, and personal care services for Veterans.  They help Veterans find resources to meet their needs within the VA system or in their community.

Social work offers counseling for:

  • Veterans with drug, alcohol, and emotional problems
  • Veterans and their families to understand and adjust to an illness or disability
  • Veterans and family members who want to prepare advance directives and durable powers of attorney for health care or finances 
  • Veterans and their families to cope with terminal illness
  • Family members about legal issues such as commitment and guardianship
  • Case Management assistance for in-hmoe care, financial benefits and resources, community living, etc.

Areas Social Workers Serve: