CIR administers the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative – a group of community members focused on serving veterans and military families. The Collaborative meets monthly, and is open to all of those interested in serving military-impacted populations.
The Collaborative maintains five Working Groups, each focused on a different topic:
- Behavioral Health
- Career Advancement
- Families & Children
- Housing & Homelessness
- Legal & Re-Entry
Visit the Collaborative’s webpage for more information, including contact information for the Working Group Co-Chairs, past meeting agendas and minutes, and an RSVP link for the upcoming meeting. Join us at the next meeting!
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently contacted CIR to donate tickets to servicemembers, veterans, and their families to attend the Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals game on September 16! CIR sent out the call to its veteran community partners and military contacts in the LA-area and received a huge response. The Dodgers generously donated nearly 600 tickets to the game in order to show their appreciation for veterans, servicemembers, and their families in Los Angeles.
Thank you, LA Dodgers!
Friday, July 20
8:00am – 4:00pm
USC Davidson Conference Center
3501 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
U.S.VETS‘ 2nd Annual Female Veteran Stand Down will bring together over 95 service providers to offer free medical, mental health, dental, nutrition, housing services, employment workshops, legal services, financial counseling, and daycare to female veterans. If you have questions about the event, please contact La Trice McBride (United States Army, Women Career Counselor, WHVRP) at email@example.com.
Also, U.S. VETS need volunteers – over 500 female veterans and service providers will be in attendance, so help is needed. Fill out the Volunteer Registration Form to help on July 20! If you have questions about volunteering at this event, please contact Karen Weaver (Employment Specialist, WHVRP) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CIR Director, Dr. Anthony Hassan, recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting focused on creating jobs and fostering economic growth in the United States. CGI was established by President Bill Clinton in 2005 to bring together global leaders in order to create and implement innovative solutions to pressing challenges.
The meeting, called CGI America, was held in Chicago in late June and included participation by more than 700 business, nonprofit, and government leaders. At the start of the meeting, President Clinton hosted a plenary session on job creation and highlighted programs that will help promote domestic economic growth.
Webcasts of all of the CGI America plenary sessions can be viewed here.
Each meeting attendee participated in one of ten working groups focused on a particular topic related to boosting the economy and job growth. Dr. Hassan participated in the Veterans Working Group, which addressed the soaring unemployment rate among veterans and focused on developing strategies to help veterans find employment with civilian employers. During its three meeting sessions, the Veterans Working Group detailed the need to consolidate all of the information and resources necessary for veterans to start a business and also outlined an initiative to elicit commitments from Fortune 500 companies and their sub-contractors to hire veterans.
More broadly, CGI encourages organizations and businesses to implement concrete plans to address challenges in their communities. These Commitments to Action tackle specific problems through explicit and measurable actions. This summer, CIR made a Commitment to Action to help address the shortage of behavioral health professionals currently available to effectively treat servicemembers, veterans, and their families. According to this Commitment to Action, called “Building Capacity in Behavioral Healthcare for Veterans,” CIR will provide free slots to providers in both its on-ground and online military behavioral health continuing education course series during the next year.
The next series of CIR’s continuing education courses will be held this fall, at the CIR facilities in Los Angeles.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
From March 8-10, members of CIR’s advisory groups–the National Advisory Board, the Scientific Advisory Group, and the Local Advisory Board– gathered at USC City Center in downtown Los Angeles to integrate their perspectives and identify directions and opportunities for the CIR research program.
The National Advisory Board is composed of national leaders in military, veteran, and military family communities who were selected due to their prestige and their commitment to CIR’s goals and mission. The Scientific Advisory Group is composed of researchers within and outside of the military whose work focuses on veteran and military family research. Finally, community service system leaders within the Los Angeles area comprise the Local Advisory Group. Board members serve without compensation or responsibility for CIR and are appointed as individuals, not as representatives of their institutions.
Please check back to the CIR website soon to see more information about the advisory group missions and members!