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29 04, 2016

Military children enjoy event in their honor

By |April 29th, 2016|Collaborative|0 Comments

On Sunday, April 17, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative held the third annual celebration of military-connected children at the Los Angeles Public Library.

April, Month of the Military Child brought children and families from across the area together to participate in numerous activities at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles. The collaborative’s Families & Children working group, in partnership with Mindful Warrior Project, organized the event.

The children were able to get their faces painted and enjoy music, art activities, drumming circle and literacy games. They were given as many books and toys as they could carry. Several families while posing at the […]

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25 04, 2016

Chicagoland veteran study reveals larger national needs

By |April 25th, 2016|Giving, News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Veterans across the nation are unprepared for life after military service, according to a new University of Southern California study.

A report by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work of veterans living in and around Chicago found that a majority of veterans, primarily those serving after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, experienced transition challenges and needed time to figure out what to do after the military.

The Chicago study is the third time the USC center has examined a local military population. Similar efforts have been conducted […]

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20 04, 2016

Astor, Jill Biden bring attention to military-connected children

By |April 20th, 2016|Faculty, News|0 Comments

by Ross Brenneman

In order to draw attention to the difficulties children in military and veteran families face in schools, Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, highlighted Operation Educate the Educators, a federal initiative, during a discussion last Monday at the annual conference for the American Educational Research Association. The goal of the session was to raise awareness in university schools of education about military and veteran children in public schools and to recruit more universities to join a national effort.

Biden’s AERA session was orchestrated between AERA and the White House by Ron Avi Astor, the Lenore Stein-Wood […]

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19 04, 2016

Most veterans return to Chicago unprepared for civilian life, study finds

By |April 19th, 2016|News|0 Comments

New USC study identifies critical lack of housing and employment planning and opportunities, and heightened suicide risk
Many service members leaving the military and returning to the Chicagoland area are not prepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily addressed by a single organization, according to a new University of Southern California report released Tuesday. Among the research statistics were high rates of unemployment/underemployment, homelessness and suicide risk.

The State of the American Veteran: The Chicagoland Veterans Study by the USC School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, […]

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18 03, 2016

Second MSW alum appointed to California Veterans Board

By |March 18th, 2016|News, Students|0 Comments

by Lilledeshan Bose

Carla J. Thornton had always been involved in community work, but it took being part of a class on community organizing to change her life. The light bulb moment came while she was obtaining her master’s in social work at the University of Southern California. “I realized I could do social work at the macro level and directly impact individuals,” she said.

On Feb. 11, Thornton MSW ’12 — who is the associate director of development for the University of California Riverside College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences — was appointed to the California Veterans Board, which advocates […]

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