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The Association of VA Social Workers encourages the development of comprehensive Social Work services to veteran beneficiaries through education,collaboration and advocacy to enhance the effectiveness of all Social Workers throughout the entire US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare system. The Association advocates for the recruitment, retention, and increased recognition of  Social Workers of the 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 colleges 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 is a 501 (c) (5) membership organization. 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.

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***Nominate a member or yourself for AVASW Social Worker of the 4th Quarter, 2018
Link to the Nomination Form to Complete and Send Online

On Thursday October 4, 2018, AVASW President -Elect Mary Lou Pittman and Rocco Bagala, Member-At-Large for Retirees, hosted a Meet and Greet Reception for VA Social Workers at the 2018 Society of Social Work Leaders in Portland, Oregon MORE

**With an average of 20 veterans who die by suicide each day, policy makers are deliberating how best to prevent these tragic deaths, especially for veterans who do not use VA health services. Recent proposals have suggested expanding the Veterans Choice Program to allow veterans to seek mental health care on their own without needing prior VA authorization. The article critiques the four myths underlying the proposals rationale and presents counter evidence on veterans’ suicide prevention and comprehensive mental health care issues... "Choice Program Expansion Jeopardizes High-Quality VHA Mental Health Services", Russell B. Lemle. PhD

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AVASW Social Worker of 2017
Abigail Martinez-Rivera
San Jaun, Puerto Rico

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AVASW Social Worker of 3rd Qr 2018
Sherry Martell




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