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Veterans and Military Personnel

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Recruiting Veterans for the College of Social Work

Removing the Boots Doesn’t Mean Removing the Skills

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work, actively recruits veterans to continue to serve beyond the battlefield. Military training has provided vital skills that are often needed in the social work profession. The versatility of our programs provides for leadership development in both the clinical practice arena and the organizational management or advocacy positions.

Social Work is an excellent way for returning veterans to “leave no soldier behind” (Dan Lapinski) here on the home front. We offer training and career opportunities for veterans to be supportive of each other and to provide resources to help fellow warriors heal and reintegrate into new and better civilian lives.


A Yellow Ribbon College

The College of Social Work is on the quest to participate in assisting veterans to achieve their BSSW, MSSW, DSW or PhD in Social Work.

Yellow Ribbon SchoolThe College of Social Work was the second program at the University of Tennessee to receive approval to participate in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Bill Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program. The College of Social Work will make a contribution to one individual student during the academic year, for a maximum amount of $3,000.00 per academic year. The Yellow Ribbon Program matches the scholarship, doubling the benefit to the student. This award will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. The program agreement permits the school and the Veterans Administration to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding amount of established charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and eligibility for the benefit at College of Social Work is open to DSW or MSSW graduate students in good standing.

For information about additional eligibility requirements, go to the UT Veterans Affairs page. The program agreement permits the school and the VA to provide matching funds to cover all or a portion of the outstanding amount of established charges not covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


Trauma-Informed Certificate Program with a Military Focus

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work seeks to support veterans and their families throughout the reintegration process by providing specialized education and training to veteran service providers and social work students who have an interest in working with military families. As part of our MSSW Program, we offer a Trauma Certificate with a Military Social Work focus, which allows students to study the effects of trauma on the brain and its neuro-scientific consequences. As a result, we are able to study and apply cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions and related best practices.