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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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17 09, 2014

Alum finds higher calling among local veterans

By |September 17th, 2014|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Since graduating from the University of Southern California, Nathan Graeser has been actively involved in Los Angeles making sure the needs of veterans are met, especially their spiritual needs.

It is a natural fit for Graeser, MSW ’13, who has been in the military for 14 years, including the last three years as a chaplain with the Army National Guard.

Graeser said involving faith communities in the network of support services for returning veterans was a logical step.

“It starts with conditioning in the military where the chaplain is the safest person to talk to,” he said. “Often, that carries […]

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18 08, 2014
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    Washington, D.C., trip offers insider’s view of policymaking

Washington, D.C., trip offers insider’s view of policymaking

By |August 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

For USC School of Social Work students interested in working one-on-one with veterans and military families, a trip to the nation’s capital provided a meaningful lesson in understanding how policies are made and their influence on everything from the accessibility of timely mental health services to the successful reintegration of soldiers to society.

For 19 MSW@USC (online) students, a summer immersion trip to Washington, D.C. offered the opportunity to meet each other in person and a chance to appreciate the concept of government policy—a system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action and funding priorities—that could help them […]

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