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17 12, 2014

Veteran trades military service for social service

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

by Claudia Bustamante

Gerardo Reynoso joined the Army because he wanted adventure and prestige. He signed up while still in high school during peacetime and was captivated by the idea of escaping his Southern California neighborhood and living in Europe, where the most danger he could possibly see would be in Bosnia.

But two days before graduating from boot camp, the plan changed. It was Sept. 11, 2001.

“I didn’t even realize it happened,” Reynoso said. He and the other privates went into a room that was streaming live news coverage of the attacks. “We thought it was fake, and they were testing […]

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11 12, 2014
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    To help returning veterans, USC center shares its research with national leaders

To help returning veterans, USC center shares its research with national leaders

By |December 11th, 2014|Events, News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Every year, 250,000 veterans are transitioning from military to civilian life.

Though there is wide community support for them, a system of more than 40,000 nonprofit organizations, along with federal and state agencies, can be difficult for veterans to navigate for services.

During a Washington, D.C., meeting last week with more than 100 top leaders from government, military, business, philanthropy and social sectors, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work shared an innovative, data-driven approach that has proved successful in harnessing the goodwill of local agencies.

“Los Angeles needed […]

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19 11, 2014

GALLERY: CIR celebrates five years

By |November 19th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

On Thursday, November 6, the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families celebrated its five-year anniversary at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. Thank you to all our colleagues, friends and supporters who joined in the celebration. See some of the photos from the night’s festivities below.

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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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