On Monday, Nov. 16, the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families held a discussion with Edward Tick, PhD, executive director and co-founder of Soldier’s Heart, which seeks to restore the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of service members that result from military service. Tick is the author of several books, including the award-winning War and the Soul” Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the recently released Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul after War that presents a case for change in the way we welcome back veterans. Tick is an internationally recognized educator and […]
by Nathan Graeser
In January, the VA settled the most dramatic lawsuit in its 128-year history. The 388-acre West Los Angeles VA campus originally dedicated to veterans as a “spiritual home” had lost its way and the suit, among other forces, called for a redesign of its master plan to reconnect to its mission. Officials have reached out to the veteran community to ask them what they need and want from the new campus.
As local experts in the veteran community, the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families had constantly been asked what the most pressing needs […]
by Claudia Bustamante
The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work has received two gifts totaling $125,000 to support local efforts aimed at making Los Angeles the most veteran-friendly place in the country.
The gifts from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation will provide necessary support to the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, a network of more than 400 organizations and stakeholders that meets monthly to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing local military populations.
Convened by the center, the collaborative develops systems and programs to bridge gaps in […]
In partnership with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work, 211 LA County and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative has launched a new text-messaging platform to help veterans as they transition back to their local communities.
Available 24 hours a day, Text2Vet connects veterans to veteran peer navigators who can link them to information and needed resources in Los Angeles. Staffed by 211 LA County, the official referral agency for the county’s 10 million residents, this new system provides an easy and convenient way […]