INSTRUCTIONS: Read and follow the policies described in the document Assignment Instructions for SW 230-I01 Introduction to Social Work: Policies Regarding Submission of Work for Course Assignments. Work submitted which does not comply with the policies described are not eligible for credit, and the grade earned for the Assignment will be “zero”. Assignment Instructions_SW230_I01_Sum2016.docxUtilizing the specific References, answer each of the following questions according to the policies described in the Instructions document named above.Reference for Questions 1 and 2: Website www.va.gov/ (Links to an external site.) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or VA) Question 1 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or VA) is a vast federal agency comprised of a complicated system of services for active duty service members and veterans.From the homepage, click on these three separate tabs to review information about the three administrations (often referred to as divisions or departments) of the VA: the Health tab, then the Benefits tab, then the Burials and Memorials tab. After reviewing the information (it is a lot, so just scan through it), write a paragraph about each of the three administrations which summarizes the main responsibilities of each one, being sure to clearly label the name of each one in your response: (a) Veterans Health Administration or VHA, (b) Veterans Benefits Administration or VBA, and (3) National Cemetery Administration or NCA. [You will write three separate paragraphs.]Question 2 To learn about social work in the VA system: on the homepage, from the tab About VA select Careers at VA, then typesocial work into the search box. Review the information in the sections Social Work and Social Worker. After reviewing this information, write one paragraph that describes at least four points that you find interesting or significant about the services provided by social workers in the VA.Reference for Questions 3 and 4: Website www.va.state.al.us/ (Links to an external site.) Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (or ADVA) [Note: Each state has many local offices of the federal VA organization described in Question 1 and Question 2. The next two questions focus on specific programs provided by the federal agency in Alabama. Although this website information is organized as State Benefits and Federal Benefits it is still the federal VA organization—it is just called state to indicate the specific programs added by the State of Alabama. All the federal benefits described in the federal website are available to every eligible veteran in every state, as well as the individual state’s programs.Question 3 From the Benefits and Services tab, click on State Benefits then Alabama Homeless Veterans Benefits: (a) summarize the services offered by this program, and (b) describe reasons why veterans become homeless, and the responsibilities of the Homeless Veterans Coordinator.Question 4 From the Benefits and Services tab, click on State Benefits then Alabama Veterans Homes. Regarding the Alabama State Veterans Home Program, describe the client population targeted, and the locations (cities) in Alabama where the Veterans Homes are located. Reference for Question 5: Website www.ssa.gov (Links to an external site.) Social Security Administration [referred to as OASDHI in textbook chapter 8]Question 5 From the homepage, click on the Menu tab at the top, then the link for each of the five programs specified in (a) through (e) below which is listed in the Benefits section. For each of the following benefits, click on the program name, scan the information presented in at least two sections/links for each specific program, and then write two points which you find interesting(a) Retirement Benefits(b) Disability Benefits(c) Medicare Benefits(d) Survivors’ Benefits(e) Supplemental Security Income BenefitsReference for Question 6: Website http://www.tanf.us/ (Links to an external site.) TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy FamiliesQuestion 6 From the map or the list at the bottom of the homepage, select one state to review: go to the selected state’s website, review the information, then write a paragraph which describes at least four significant or interesting points. Be sure to clearly identify the state you selected. [Note: every state has the option to select a new name for their TANF program; for example, the State of Alabama selected the title Family Assistance for Alabama’s TANF program].Reference for Question 7: Website www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ (Links to an external site.) SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps)Question 7 From the homepage, (a) read and then summarize the main points of information regarding the goals/purposes of SNAP, and (b) select one of the links or tabs, explore the selected section of the SNAP website, and write a paragraph which describes at least four points which you found to be interesting or significant; as an alternative, you can choose to review several sections and write your comments based on several sections as long as you identify the specific sections you reviewed.
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