Lt. Col. Liquori L. Etheridge isn’t a man of few words but, after winning the Army’s Social Worker of the Year for 2020, he was left speechless. Etheridge, who works in the Department of Social Work at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, was named the Army’s Social Worker of the Year for 2020.
Etheridge has ten years of active duty service and has been a licensed clinical social worker for 11 years.
“I initially wanted to become a psychologist, but during my OIF deployment I met a Division Behavioral Health Officer who was a social worker,” Etheridge said. “He was instrumental in explaining how the field of social work contributed to sustaining a ready force by providing for the mental and emotional needs of the force. I understood the impact years of combat had on Soldiers and family members.”
The award is presented annually to active duty social workers