17 09, 2014

Alum finds higher calling among local veterans

By |September 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Since graduating from the University of Southern California, Nathan Graeser has been actively involved in Los Angeles making sure the needs of veterans are met, especially their spiritual needs.

It is a natural fit for Graeser, MSW ’13, who has been in the military for 14 years, including the last three years as a chaplain with the Army National Guard.

Graeser said involving faith communities in the network of support services for returning veterans was a logical step.

“It starts with conditioning in the military where the chaplain is the safest person to talk to,” he said. “Often, that carries […]

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18 08, 2014
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    Washington, D.C., trip offers insider’s view of policymaking

Washington, D.C., trip offers insider’s view of policymaking

By |August 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

For USC School of Social Work students interested in working one-on-one with veterans and military families, a trip to the nation’s capital provided a meaningful lesson in understanding how policies are made and their influence on everything from the accessibility of timely mental health services to the successful reintegration of soldiers to society.

For 19 MSW@USC (online) students, a summer immersion trip to Washington, D.C. offered the opportunity to meet each other in person and a chance to appreciate the concept of government policy—a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action and funding priorities—that could help them […]

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15 08, 2014
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    New study finds young military men report more sexual dysfunction than civilians

New study finds young military men report more sexual dysfunction than civilians

By |August 15th, 2014|News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Even among a relatively healthy and young population, sexual functioning problems, including erectile dysfunction, are higher among military service members than civilians, according to a new University of Southern California study.

Thirty-three percent of male military service members aged 21 – 40 reported erectile dysfunction, a rate that is more than three times that of similarly aged civilians. Those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were 30 times more likely to report erectile dysfunction and six times more likely to report such sexual functioning problems as low sex drive, arousal and ability to reach orgasm.

Published in the Journal of […]

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13 08, 2014

USC Social Work partnership with SoCal schools awarded

By |August 13th, 2014|News, Research|0 Comments

Building Capacity initiative tries to boost awareness of military-connected students in public schools

by Linda Jackson

The Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project has received a 2014 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award. The project, a partnership between the USC School of Social Work and eight public school districts in San Diego and Riverside counties, strives to create sustainable models of supportive schools.

Given by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), the award was presented at this year’s National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes outstanding teacher preparation programs and celebrates collaboration among higher education institutions, public school districts and […]

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25 07, 2014

Study pinpoints a veteran’s vulnerability

By |July 25th, 2014|News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

More than 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year, or nearly 22 a day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This rate, which has increased significantly in the past 10 years, has eluded explanation, though many point to a correlation between combat experience and mental health issues.

Researchers at USC believe they can now identify when veterans may be more prone to suicide, a first step in more effective prevention efforts.

The study, published online in Current Psychiatry Reports in June, found that veterans are more likely to take their own lives when they feel they have become […]

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