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26 03, 2015

A prescription for ending homelessness among female veterans

By |March 26th, 2015|News|0 Comments

USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare Issue Call to Action to Policymakers, NGOs, Philanthropies

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A new report from the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) and the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare offers a four-pronged approach to address homelessness among female veterans. The report is a pointed call to action for government organizations, non-governmental agencies and philanthropic entities to collaborate and provide resources to fill the gaps that make these women vulnerable to homelessness.

The four key actions are:

Initiate […]

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23 03, 2015

Chairman of Joint Chiefs lauds USC, LA’s efforts to support veterans

By |March 23rd, 2015|Events, News|0 Comments

With more veterans in Los Angeles County than any other part of the nation, a robust effort of academia, nonprofits, government and the private sector has stepped up to meet their needs and their families’ – and top military officials have noticed.

“My message to you is, ‘well done.’ The highest compliment you can give in the military is ‘well done’ and get out of the way,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledging the work of USC and the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) for […]

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23 03, 2015

$500,000 gift supports military social work scholarships

By |March 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

When the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust was deciding its most recent funding focus, it considered areas and organizations that would have the most impact.

Recognizing the far-reaching effects and value of trained military social workers, the trust awarded a $500,000 25th Anniversary Grant to the USC School of Social Work for scholarship support for veterans and military families.

To commemorate a quarter century of giving, the trust recently awarded five 25th Anniversary Grants totaling $3.7 million, one in each of its program areas: elders, foster youth, people with disabilities, veterans and military families, and discretionary grants.

Ruth Collins, a […]

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2 03, 2015

Training providers on sex and intimacy issues facing military personnel

By |March 2nd, 2015|Events, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Recent research by the USC School of Social Work has found that even though sexual functioning problems are significantly higher among military service members than civilians, very few are receiving treatment.

These problems, which are strongly related to the physical and psychological health of service members, are often overlooked by both military populations and clinicians, making it yet another invisible wound of war.

To help address this gap between the needs and services provided, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families held a conference Feb. 13, where it unveiled a toolkit to help bring awareness to […]

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27 02, 2015

Orange County veterans face transition challenges, high mental health concerns

By |February 27th, 2015|News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Like their counterparts in Los Angeles, many service members returning home to Orange County are facing significant barriers to a successful transition back to civilian life, according to a new study from the USC School of Social Work.

“The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study” by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC School of Social Work details the findings of a survey of more than 1,200 veterans living in Orange County. The report mirrors a similar study conducted last fall in Los Angeles, the first comprehensive […]

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