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18 04, 2017

4th Annual Event Celebrates Military Children

By |April 18th, 2017|Community, Events|0 Comments

A celebration of the unique lives and sacrifices of children from military families was held earlier this month at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Branch.

In honor of Military Child Month, the event was organized by the Mindful Warrior Project and its partners – the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Public Library, and Operation Family Caregiver.  It offered a variety of activities including a puppet show, face painting, balloon hats and a drum circle. There were crafts and other interactive activities personalized for the older children. Healthy and organic snacks were also provided.

Among the most popular attractions […]

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13 04, 2017

LA’s efforts supporting military children

By |April 13th, 2017|Collaborative, Community, Events|0 Comments

Deborah Hayes, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work adjunct professor and co-chair of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative working group on families and children, discusses the work the collaborative has been able to do over the years to support military children and their families.
As a collaborative, we are truly a number of different organizations and individuals with the same goal, the same vision. And that is to support military-connected children, to identify them in different service areas so that we can be better able to provide for their needs.

Also to see where they are doing well and to acknowledge […]

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27 03, 2017

Mindfulness expert discusses work with pre-deployment service members

By |March 27th, 2017|Events, Research|0 Comments

High amounts of stress can negatively impact performance, but current research suggests that incorporating mindfulness training to the time leading up to a high-stress event can improve performance.

Amishi Jha, neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, visited the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families on March 20 to discuss her work on how mindfulness training can improve performance among high-stress cohorts. Jha has been studying the effects of mindfulness training on cognition, emotion and resilience. Recently, she’s focused on populations that regularly experience high levels of stress leading up to the time […]

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24 03, 2017

CIR provides ‘smart conversation’ on California’s returning veterans

By |March 24th, 2017|Community, News, Research|0 Comments

by Claudia Bustamante

Many veterans feel discrimination from employers and co-workers, which could hinder their success at work and in transition to civilian life, according to reasearch from the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Asked to recommend ways to make workplaces more veteran-friendly, the veterans’ responses pointed toward broader societal concerns, including an assumption that not all vetrans are violent or have PTSD, translating military skills to civilian industry and connecting to other veterans with similar experiences.

“The point here is that veteran employment is more than an issue […]

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