22 02, 2018

Prudential – USO discuss importance of financial readiness for transition

By |February 22nd, 2018|Audio, Events, News|0 Comments

Earlier this month, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families held a two-day summit to discuss the issue of financial readiness for transition from military to civilian life. Experts from the financial sector, government and academia gathered to discuss the state of current programs and research. In recent years, Prudential and the USO have partnered to provide financial curriculum that can address the needs. Chuck Sevola and Jim Beamesderfer from Prudential and Kylee Durant of the USO discuss their partnership and how it is addressing a critical need.


Financial wellness in terms of transition is a very […]

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16 02, 2018

USC summit spotlights key area for veteran success: financial readiness

By |February 16th, 2018|Events, News|0 Comments

Financial wellness is essential for veterans to find success after leaving the military, but research shows many are unprepared for the new challenges of civilian life.

For many veterans, this new chapter marks the first time they’ll have to pay and budget for food, housing, insurance and more.

In an effort to address this issue, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, along with Prudential, held a two-day summit Feb. 8-9 at the Radisson Hotel at USC that brought together the expertise of individuals in the financial sector, […]

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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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