Whether advising on marriage or family problems, counseling those with substance use issues, or helping Veterans to apply for benefits from VA and other government programs, VA social workers play a vital role in helping Veterans, their families, and caregivers to live stable, successful lives. With the increased national focus on ending Veteran homelessness, and a rapidly changing Veteran population, VA needs committed, qualified social workers to care for our Nation’s heroes now more than ever.

VA offers social workers a world of opportunities that aren’t available in other organizations. VA social workers help Veterans handle the social, emotional and economic pressures influencing continuity of family/community life during periods of illness and stress. In this role, you may have the opportunity to provide direct clinical service and coordinate special interest programs, all while working with the interdisciplinary care team to deliver care in the best interest of our nation’s heroes.

Similar to most VA health care positions, social workers are able to practice anywhere in the U.S. within the VA system by maintaining an active license in one state. VA also places importance on work/life balance and offers competitive salaries, and a robust benefits package and retirement plan.

If you’re a qualified social worker with an interest in serving Veterans, begin by attending the National Association of Social Workers’ virtual job fair on Tuesday, May 19th from 1pm – 4pm ET. VA recruiters will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on the application and hiring process. At this event, recruiters will be conducting interviews and processing applications for hire. Register here.

To learn more about Social Work careers at VA, read our Mental Health Brochure.

Hear first hand from this female Veteran’s perspective on the vital role her VA social worker played during her pregnancy.

As always, you can explore available positions by location using the interactive map on VAcareers.va.gov.

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Published on May. 4, 2015

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