NORWICH – March is National Social Work Month. The White House officially recognized National Professional Social Work Month in 1984. More than 600,000 people in the United States hold social work degrees. The Veteran’s Administration is the largest employer of social workers in the country, employing nearly 5,000 to assist veterans and their families with individual and family counseling, client education, substance abuse treatment, crisis intervention and end of life planning. There are hundreds of social workers in national, state, and locally elected office, including two U.S. Senators and eight U.S. Representatives. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for social workers is expected to grow twice as fast as any other occupation, especially in gerontology, substance abuse, school social work, and home healthcare.