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The Association of VA Social Workers encourages the development of comprehensive Social Work services to veteran beneficiaries through education and training, leadership, promotion, and the sharing of information to enhance the effectiveness of Social Work. The Association advocates for the recruitment, retention, and increased recognition of  Social Workers of the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). At this time, there are more than 12,000 social workers throughout the VA system. More than 1500 student interns are preparing for their Masters level social work degrees (from AVASWPostercolleges and universities approved by the Council on Social Work Education), many of whom are receiving VA educational stipiends during their field placements in the VA. (How VA Social Workers Help Veterans)

AVASW can advocate and educate Congress on issues that affect VA social work; whereas, federal employees can not.  The tension as a professional social worker, seeking treatment, justice, equity etc for clients vs obligations as employees in a large, political and bureaucratic organization has the capacity to be alleviated by an association such as AVASW.

If you are, or have been, a social worker in the VA System and are not already a member, we invite you to join now! (What is AVASW?)
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Notice to Members...Vote for the AVASW Social Worker of the Year 2016. Click on the "Members Only Tab", sign in and click on the "Vote for AVASW Social Worker of Year 2016" tab, click on the ballot and Vote. VOTING ENDS JANUARY 27 CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

 

 

AVASW sponsors the Social Work PreConference Intensive at the Society of Social Work Leaders in Health Care Annual Meeting on October 26, 2016. VACO Social Work Director, Laura Taylor, honored by SSWLHC with the Outstanding Social Work Leader in Health Care award.

 

 

 

From the Association of VA Social Workers Executive Committee

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Do you know that Social Workers have served veterans and their families since 1926?

Check out the Historical Documents and Powerpoint Presentation of VA Social Works through 90 years

AVASW Contributions to Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of VA Social Workers (PDF)

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Information on VA Health Care and the Commission On Care (more articles)

**Message from DVA Secretary (Sept. 2016)

**Letter from President Obama (Sept. 2016)

**AVASW Reacts to President Obama's Response to the Commission on Care Final Report...Sept. 2, 2016

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March is Social Work Month...Download this Toolkit to Prepare***

 

http://www.socialworkers.org/pressroom/swmonth/2017/default.asp

 

Great resources available from the VHA Social Work Leadership Council Committees
includes pdf articles on "Overview of National
Programs Where Social Workers Serve"; "National Social Work Branding Style Guide", "Military Facts for Non-Military Social Workers";"Service Lines vs. Social Work"

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Click HERE for the Fall 2016 Newsletter.

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***A Heartfelt Farewell Message from Secretary McDonald to VA Employees

 

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions from Members and Non-Members

The Association of VA Social Workers answers...So WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

 



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