17 06, 2015

Gift will help community help veterans

By |June 17th, 2015|Collaborative, Giving|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work has received a gift of $200,000 to support local efforts to help transitioning veterans in Los Angeles County.

The gift from Blue Shield of California Foundation will provide much needed support to the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative (LAVC), a network of more than 400 organizations and stakeholders that meets monthly to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the local military population. This collaborative model has been lauded by government and military officials across the country for its ability to […]

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10 06, 2015

VA Secretary visits USC

By |June 10th, 2015|Community|0 Comments

On June 3, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald met with University of Southern California President C.L. Max Nikias and other university leaders who are working on veterans’ issues in the community, including Anthony Hassan, clinical professor and CIR director.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss how the university is a leader in the local veteran sphere and offer ways to further partner with the VA in its mission to help local veterans.

USC has a long history of supporting the U.S. military — from its days as a training school during World War I to the formation of programs […]

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4 06, 2015

Study recommends ways to stem sexual assault in military

By |June 4th, 2015|Research|0 Comments

Hold leaders accountable and reduce retaliation, researchers advise, rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach to prevention
by Claudia Bustamante

Failing to address the multiple root causes and the role played by military culture will continue to hamper efforts to curtail sexual assault in the military, according to new research from the University of Southern California and Fort Hood, Texas.

The military’s one-size-fits-all approach to sexual assault prevention and training also overlooks sensitive and uncomfortable issues, including the prevalence of assault among male service members and biases about sexual behavior, according to the article, which appears in the May issue of Current Psychiatry Reports.

Though […]

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13 05, 2015

USC Military Social Work Voices

By |May 13th, 2015|News, Students|0 Comments

This spring, about 350 students will graduate from the USC School of Social Work’s military specialization, the first of its kind at a major research university. Since its inception in 2009, more than 1,000 students have gone through the program, which aims to prepare students on the unique challenges facing active-duty military, veterans and their families. Hear from three of the most recent graduates on where their degree will take them next.
Kevin Benitez, MSW ’15

Manny Lopez, MSW ’15

Joshua Borer, MSW ’15

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12 05, 2015

Veterans’ lack of preparation creates employment challenges

By |May 12th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

A lack of preparation and unaddressed health issues have created some of the biggest challenges facing veterans searching for civilian employment, according to a new USC report.

Exploring the Economic and Employment Challenges Facing U.S. Veterans by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families outlines the findings of a qualitative study of Volunteers of America’s (VOA) programs aimed at helping veterans find and keep jobs. The report is based on a review of the academic and think tank literature on the subject, along with interviews with VOA service providers and veteran clients.

Service providers and veterans both […]

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