Social Work Today, the nation’s leading newsmagazine for Social Workers, names NVF Founder & President Shad Meshad in its list of Top Ten social workers in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue. The award is especially prestigious because these top ten are nominated by their peers, colleagues and mentors.
Meshad earned his MSW at Florida State University, then went into the Army and Vietnam. The article features Shad’s background and history as co-founder of the VA’s Vet Centers and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation, which later became the NVF. To date, the NVF’s crisis hotline, the Lifeline for Vets, has served over 400,000 veterans.
Shad’s quoted: “There’s still so much work to do. We often find vets who are suffering but have never filed a claim…I’m not one to sit back and just talk about these problems. I’m an activist and I will always be one.” Forty years on, Shad says he “hasn’t stopped.”
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