The goal of Operation Veterans to Social Workers (OVSW) is to increase the number of veterans entering the field of Social Work, so that other veterans and their families, who want professional counseling, can get the help they deserve from a fellow veteran who truly understands their background. OVSW is a “Squad” of United States military veterans attending Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and serving together at FAMILYConnections.

Counseling Services

  • Individual counseling
  • Counseling for couples and families
  • Group counseling
  • Information and linkage to other services

Program Components

We Believe All Veterans Deserve:

  • The best possible help in addressing any challenges in their transition from military to civilian life
  • The opportunity to talk with a fellow veteran who understands military culture and who is also in training to become a Licensed Social Worker
  • Prompt, respectful attention
  • Services that are customized to meet individual issues and goals

Examples of Issues We Address

  • Lack of information on how to manage a chronic illness
  • Unhealthy behaviors while living with a chronic disease
  • Lack of self confidence in management of disease and symptoms
  • Reliance on physician and hospital visits to manage disease



Eligibility & Referral Information

Available to all New Jersey veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, National Guard members, retirees, and their families. All services are at no cost and available regardless of type of military discharge, disability rating, or war zone experience.


Please contact Avneesh Arora, 973 323-3419,