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21 11, 2017

From Our Director: This Thanksgiving, remember those still serving

By |November 21st, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s that time of year when many of us reflect on our blessings and appreciate the things we have, the people in our lives and that we are able to live freely in the United State of America. As we pause to give thanks for being able to spend quality time with those we love, let’s not forget those who are not so lucky.

There are those who have made the ultimate sacrifice dying for their country. Their families will be celebrating the holidays without their loved ones.

Let us also remember that there are still […]

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14 11, 2017

Breaking down walls and building connections with military-connected families

By |November 14th, 2017|Faculty, News|0 Comments

For Military Family Appreciation Month, we’re shining a spotlight on those who provide support and care to military-connected individuals.

Eugenia L. Weiss, clinical associate professor and director of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Orange County Academic Center, previously spent 18 years in private practice as a civilian working with military personnel and their families. She played an instrumental role in launching the school’s military social work track.

Weiss has also authored a number of journal articles and co-edited military and veteran families as well as higher education for veterans, making her uniquely positioned to provide insights on the unique […]

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10 11, 2017

From Our Director: Who is a Veteran

By |November 10th, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

The United States’ definition of a veteran defies common sense. Not everyone who serves in the U.S. military is a veteran.

For example, if you served two, three or four combat tours, screwed up and used marijuana over the weekend and then tested positive for THC the following Monday, you could be kicked out of the military with a bad conduct discharge or worse. You would be ineligible to receive any VA or state benefits, and most nonprofits who support veterans couldn’t provide much assistance either. You are not a veteran.

Similarly, a National Guardsman or Reservist who might have […]

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27 10, 2017

From Our Director: Double Standards in the Military

By |October 27th, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

Double standards exist in the military. Anyone who has served knows this. I am not talking about privileges and responsibilities associated with rank, but rather about differences in accepted moral and ethical standards based on rank.

Senior officers who misuse government funds or sexually assault female subordinates are allowed to retire from the service at the rank they last served “honorably.” In contrast, a sergeant, who has served two combat tours, yet whose urine sample tests positive for an illegal drug will likely be fined, tried and ultimately dishonorably discharged from the military. No attempt will be made to […]

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20 10, 2017

USC conference tackles issues facing today’s veterans

By |October 20th, 2017|Events, News|0 Comments

Every year, hundreds of bills go through the California Legislature that deal with veterans or military issues, including most recently to establish residency for in-state tuition, identify veteran status in coroner’s reports, and increase funding for veteran resource centers on college campuses.

But Sen. Josh Newman, who chairs the state’s committee on veterans affairs, said it’s not enough.

“I often worry that we’re just shaving around the edges of the problem, and we’re missing the core,” Newman said at a recent event held to address the most-pressing issues facing today’s veterans. “And the core is the need to fundamentally address the transition […]

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