Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
"Helmet Heroes" Auction Supports New Graduate Certificate Program
Sarah Froese, LCSW, Director of Homeless Veteran Programs at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, Mo., is a graduate of the University of Missouri (MU) School of Social Work and an artist. Recently, her artistic helmet – “Universal Soldier” – was the most popular entry in a fundraising reception and auction for scholarships associated with a new graduate social work certificate program aimed to help Veterans and their families. Froese’s entry was one of 16 artistically transformed helmets designed and decorated by local and regional artists that were auctioned on Nov. 11 at a Columbia art gallery.
The new certificate program at MU School of Social Work, which will begin offering courses in fall 2011, recognizes the need to help social workers provide good clinical practice for Veterans and their families. As VA caregivers know, many of these individuals need help to cope with hardships associated with post-deployment, PTSD, TBI, depression, substance abuse, homelessness, divorce and domestic violence. With an increasing need for social workers employed at hospitals, military bases and other agencies and organizations, there has been much support and interest in the Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work.
The fundraising reception and auction had more than 170 guests and netted $23,000, just $2,000 shy of the minimum to endow a scholarship. Efforts have continued by the university to raise the necessary money for the scholarship.