27 10, 2017

From Our Director: Double Standards in the Military

By |October 27th, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

Double standards exist in the military. Anyone who has served knows this. I am not talking about privileges and responsibilities associated with rank, but rather about differences in accepted moral and ethical standards based on rank.

Senior officers who misuse government funds or sexually assault female subordinates are allowed to retire from the service at the rank they last served “honorably.” In contrast, a sergeant, who has served two combat tours, yet whose urine sample tests positive for an illegal drug will likely be fined, tried and ultimately dishonorably discharged from the military. No attempt will be made to […]

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20 10, 2017

USC conference tackles issues facing today’s veterans

By |October 20th, 2017|Events, News|0 Comments

Every year, hundreds of bills go through the California Legislature that deal with veterans or military issues, including most recently to establish residency for in-state tuition, identify veteran status in coroner’s reports, and increase funding for veteran resource centers on college campuses.

But Sen. Josh Newman, who chairs the state’s committee on veterans affairs, said it’s not enough.

“I often worry that we’re just shaving around the edges of the problem, and we’re missing the core,” Newman said at a recent event held to address the most-pressing issues facing today’s veterans. “And the core is the need to fundamentally address the transition […]

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20 10, 2017

From Our Director: Take the Lead to Stop Sexual Assaults

By |October 20th, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

by Carl Castro

A majority of men in America at some point in their life will sexually assault a woman.

While some of these men may not know that their behavior constitutes sexual assault, most do. These assaults may occur in high schools, on college campuses or in the military, as well as at work, night clubs, and on dates.

American men are not unique in their treatment of women. Males around the world sexually assault women at around the same rate as American men do. This is true in Europe, China, Asia, India, the Middle East, and North and South America.

While American […]

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13 10, 2017

From Our Director: Take a Knee

By |October 13th, 2017|Director Blog|0 Comments

CIR Director Carl Castro responds to the recent controversies involving NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. 
by Carl Castro

Kneeling is a sign of reverence. We kneel when we pray. We kneel when we ask the person we love to marry us. And, if we are from the United Kingdom, we kneel when we are knighted.

No one dies and no one is physically hurt when someone kneels during the playing of the national anthem. The only thing that may be hurt is one’s feelings.

Yet, there are more annoying things that people do during the national anthem that are […]

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12 10, 2017

Recommendations from the State of the American Veteran Conference

By |October 12th, 2017|Events, News, SAVC|0 Comments

The State of the American Veteran Conference, held Sept. 28-29 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, brought together more than 300 people to learn about the most pressing issues facing today’s military community and challenged them to devise recommendations that would address the biggest gaps and improve their well-being. Five conference tracks focused on different military populations, including combat veterans, student veterans, women veterans, Guard and Reserve service members, and children and families. Below are the recommendations from each track, along with discussion points where available.

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