4 02, 2016

Visiting scholar brings international focus to military transition issues

By |February 4th, 2016|Faculty, News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Struggling to translate military skillsets for the civilian workplace and developing an identity outside the military are not transitional challenges unique to American veterans.

In an exchange of ideas that could promote the well-being of all veterans—regardless of nationality—David Pedlar, research director at Veterans Affairs Canada, joined the USC School of Social Work as a Fulbright visiting research chair in military social work.

Pedlar’s semester-long appointment with the school’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families will focus on conducting research and gathering best practices on improving transition from military service to civilian life for veterans. He […]

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21 01, 2016

CIR research well represented at social work conference

By |January 21st, 2016|Research|0 Comments

A more robust military social work track debuted at this year’s annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) that highlighted research by the USC School of Social Work.

Held in the District of Columbia earlier this month, more than a dozen presentations involved school researchers, including nine that stemmed from data gathered by the school’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

The following abstracts were presented by CIR faculty, staff, postdocs and doctoral students:

Difficulty Adjusting to Civilian Life after Military Transition: The impact on current physical and mental health status in Pre and Post […]

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18 11, 2015

Warrior’s Return: A conversation with Edward Tick

By |November 18th, 2015|Events|0 Comments

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 […]

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10 11, 2015

This Veterans Day, what do you want from the VA?

By |November 10th, 2015|Collaborative, Community|0 Comments

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 […]

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