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17 04, 2014
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    Retired Air Force officer honored for her new classroom role

Retired Air Force officer honored for her new classroom role

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

by Claudia Bustamante

If you ask Kimberly Finney to list her accomplishments, you’d be hard-pressed to get a response—not because there haven’t been noteworthy moments in the retired U.S. Air Force officer’s career, but because that’s not her style.

“It’s just part of my training. If there’s something to be done, you just do it,” said Finney, a clinical psychologist and clinical associate professor with the USC School of Social Work. “I very rarely take time to pause to look at what I’m doing or what I’ve done until someone points it out to me.”

Luckily, someone has pointed it out.

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16 04, 2014

MSW student’s personal mission turns communal

By |April 16th, 2014|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

For Shawn Cervantes, going back to school began as a personal desire to help her family, but it has since grown into a drive to change her community.

An Army wife for 25 years, Cervantes’ main role was caring for her three children during her husband’s multiple deployments. It was his last deployment in 2005 — when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device — that led her back into the classroom.

“When he came home, he wasn’t interested in getting any type of care. He was an old Army soldier,” she said.

Eventually they separated, but with […]

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8 04, 2014

Buffalo Soldier, U.S. Marines share stories of segregation

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by Claudia Bustamante

Every year, residents of Lucca, in Tuscany, celebrate the end of Nazi occupation by honoring the Americans who came to liberate it.

In 1944, much of occupied Tuscany was freed by the U.S. Army 92nd Infantry Division, the only segregated division to fight in Europe during World War II. They were known as buffalo soldiers.

“Here we were in World War II, giving them their freedom and not even free ourselves,” said Ivan Houston, a former Army sergeant and author of “Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II.”

“We were second-class citizens.”

Houston, along with original African-American members of […]

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26 03, 2014

USC military center to launch Orange County veterans survey

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by Maya Meinert

The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work has received funding from the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and UniHealth Foundation to launch a survey to assess the needs of veterans in Orange County, Calif.

CIR’s goal is to poll at least 1,000 veterans and 500 of their spouses to help identify opportunities for new or expanded program development, public policy and community collaboration. The survey is a continuation of the work the center started last fall with a similar poll in Los […]

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24 03, 2014
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    Safe college environments assist transitioning student veterans

Safe college environments assist transitioning student veterans

By |March 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments

By Claudia Bustamante

There is no universal way to support student veterans with mental health issues but, generally speaking, providing a safe environment on college and university campuses has proven effective.

That information, along with highlighting specific transition challenges and military stigmas, was presented during a USC conference aimed at supporting college and university students with mental illness.

Co-sponsored by the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics and the USC Gould School of Law, “Many Voices, One Vision” brought together numerous experts and stakeholders including students, professors, university leaders, campus mental health professionals and parents during the two-day event.

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