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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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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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