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29 10, 2014

Family tradition of helping veterans continues

By |October 29th, 2014|Giving|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Pamela and Mark Mischel have been involved with the USC School of Social Work for over a decade—first as proud parents and now as one of the school’s first supporters of the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund.

“Even though we don’t have any direct experience with the military, these issues are very near and dear to our hearts,” said Pamela, who also sits on the school’s Board of Councilors.

“These young men and women have given so much, and we want to do our small part to be able to help,” Mark said.

Already early donors to the school’s military social […]

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22 10, 2014
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    Military spouse turns VA frustration into MSW pursuit to help others

Military spouse turns VA frustration into MSW pursuit to help others

By |October 22nd, 2014|Giving, News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

As the wife of a disabled veteran, Krystal Lerner knows first-hand the struggles many veterans face and the impact that can have on those closest to them.

Lerner remembers the frustration she personally experienced going through the Veterans Affairs system trying to get her husband connected with services.

“I made three pages worth of phone calls to people, and everyone kept referring me to someone else,” she said.

Lerner had the time to devote to helping her husband, but the experience made her think about others who might not have the same support systems. “There are so many barriers that […]

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22 10, 2014

Thank veterans by letting your voice be heard

By |October 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

A Message from Anthony Hassan, Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families

Since 9/11, more than 2.6 million service members have been deployed overseas, but the U.S. Armed Forces have been defending and exemplifying American values for even longer.

In less than two weeks, Americans will have a chance to truly thank the sacrifices service members and veterans have made to protect our freedoms by taking part in one of America’s most-cherished rights—the right to vote.

Across the nation, elections will be held for multiple seats, including within the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Here […]

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8 10, 2014

Gift puts veterans front and center

By |October 8th, 2014|Giving|0 Comments

by Maya Meinert

As a young man in the 1960s, Dwight Tate, MSW ’77, saw the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on its veterans.

“I’ve come to realize and understand that the biggest mistake we as a society made was turning our back on veterans. We had every right to condemn the war itself but not the warriors,” he said. “I don’t want us to make the same mistake again.”

To ensure veterans are served as well as they possibly can be, Tate and his wife, Kathy Wright, have made a gift of $600,000 to establish the Dwight Tate Endowment Fund […]

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2 10, 2014
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    New USC report finds most veterans return to Los Angeles unprepared for civilian life

New USC report finds most veterans return to Los Angeles unprepared for civilian life

By |October 2nd, 2014|News|1 Comment

Few veteran services focus on prevention of chronic conditions, like unemployment and homelessness

LOS ANGELES — Many service members leaving the military and returning to Los Angeles County are not prepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization, according to a new University of Southern California School of Social Work report released Tuesday.

“The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Veterans Study” by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families outlines the findings of a survey conducted fall 2013 […]

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