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30 03, 2015

California teens from military families at higher risk of suicidal behaviors

By |March 30th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

Study Suggests Need for Increased Screening
California adolescents from military families are more likely than non-military youth to think about, plan and attempt suicide, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Southern California and Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Military-connected teens are also at a higher risk of requiring medical care because of a suicide attempt, according to the study, which appears in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The findings suggest a need for more screening for suicidality, especially among military-connected adolescents by physicians, mental health professionals and educators.

“Primary health care providers, mental health providers, schools and […]

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26 03, 2015

A prescription for ending homelessness among female veterans

By |March 26th, 2015|News|0 Comments

USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Issue Call to Action to Policymakers, NGOs, Philanthropies

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A new report from the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare offers a four-pronged approach to address homelessness among female veterans. The report is a pointed call to action for government organizations, non-governmental agencies and philanthropic entities to collaborate and provide resources to fill the gaps that make these women vulnerable to homelessness.

The four key actions are:

Initiate […]

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23 03, 2015

Chairman of Joint Chiefs lauds USC, LA’s efforts to support veterans

By |March 23rd, 2015|Events, News|0 Comments

With more veterans in Los Angeles County than any other part of the nation, a robust effort of academia, nonprofits, government and the private sector has stepped up to meet their needs and their families’ – and top military officials have noticed.

“My message to you is, ‘well done.’ The highest compliment you can give in the military is ‘well done’ and get out of the way,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledging the work of USC and the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) for […]

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23 03, 2015

$500,000 gift supports military social work scholarships

By |March 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

When the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust was deciding its most recent funding focus, it considered areas and organizations that would have the most impact.

Recognizing the far-reaching effects and value of trained military social workers, the trust awarded a $500,000 25th Anniversary Grant to the USC School of Social Work for scholarship support for veterans and military families.

To commemorate a quarter century of giving, the trust recently awarded five 25th Anniversary Grants totaling $3.7 million, one in each of its program areas: elders, foster youth, people with disabilities, veterans and military families, and discretionary grants.

Ruth Collins, a […]

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2 03, 2015

Training providers on sex and intimacy issues facing military personnel

By |March 2nd, 2015|Events, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Recent research by the USC School of Social Work has found that even though sexual functioning problems are significantly higher among military service members than civilians, very few are receiving treatment.

These problems, which are strongly related to the physical and psychological health of service members, are often overlooked by both military populations and clinicians, making it yet another invisible wound of war.

To help address this gap between the needs and services provided, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families held a conference Feb. 13, where it unveiled a toolkit to help bring awareness to […]

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