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date: 17 April 2024

Veteran Services in Macro Practicelocked

Veteran Services in Macro Practicelocked

  • Leora ShudofskyLeora ShudofskyHunter College Silberman School of Social Work
  •  and Amanda MattesonAmanda MattesonSUNY Albany

Summary

This article presents an overview of veteran services, including the definition of a veteran as it relates to eligibility for services and a range of veteran services are described. Background information includes a brief history of social workers in the military and in veteran services. Social workers practice in many macrolevel areas where social justice issues in veteran services are addressed, such as administration and management, community practice, and policy. Social workers who understand the challenges and trends in veteran services are better positioned to make an impact. Future implications for macro social work practice include integrating curriculum into schools of social work, building transition programs, collaborating in community health, normalizing mental health treatment, and working on policy enactment along with many other areas where social workers can make an impact on the well-being of veteran communities.

Subjects

  • Macro Practice
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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