4 10, 2017

State of the American Veterans Conference 2017 Photos

By |October 4th, 2017|SAVC|0 Comments

The State of the American Veteran Conference (Sept. 28-29, 2017) brought together more than 300 people to discuss the transition issues facing combat veterans, student veterans, women veterans, Guard and Reserve service members, and children and families. We had keynotes by Kayla Williams, director of the VA’s Center for Women Veterans; Josh Newman, California state senator and chair of the VA committee; and Chase Millsap, director of impact strategy at We Are The Mighty.

After spending the first day learning about the most pressing issues facing these populations, conference participants worked hard developing policy and practice recommendations.

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7 08, 2017

How social workers can prevent homelessness among the veteran population

By |August 7th, 2017|News, Research, SAVC|0 Comments

Partnerships between social workers and existing military programs are key to stemming the tide of homelessness among veterans.

The United States is in the midst of the longest period of combat in its history. Consequently, the country is faced with a growing veteran population facing significant challenges upon transition out of the military. Chief among those challenges is the high cost of living in many U.S. cities.

The Center for Innovation & Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work recently published the results of a study that examined these challenges in one of […]

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2 08, 2017

Solving the veteran unemployment crisis in California

By |August 2nd, 2017|News, Research, SAVC|0 Comments

A recent study by USC provides recommendations for veterans transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

Recently, the Center for Innovation & Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work published the results of an in-depth veteran needs assessment entitled, The State of the American Veteran: The San Francisco Veterans Study.

The study examined many crucial aspects of life for veterans following their active-duty period, including post-service education and financing, housing needs and general health and well-being.

Key findings include:

80% of service members leave the military without having a job lined up for civilian life.

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19 07, 2017

The Must-Attend Fall Conference For Veterans Across The United States

By |July 19th, 2017|Events, News, SAVC|0 Comments

The State of the American Veteran Conference will set the tone for the future of U.S. veterans.

Nearly a decade ago, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work opened the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR). From the outset, CIR’s mission has been to “enhance the visibility and impact of research, education and outreach to inform policies and practices affecting veterans and their families.”

USC was among the first research universities to offer a large-scale social work program to increase the number of social workers specifically trained to meet the needs of veterans and their families. […]

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9 06, 2017

USC professors discuss LGBT service members

By |June 9th, 2017|Audio, News, Research|0 Comments

June is LGBT Pride Month and Assistant Professor Jeremy Goldbach and Associate Professor Carl Castro, both with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, discuss their latest Department of Defense-funded study on active-duty lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members. The Military Acceptance Project is a joint effort between USC and UCLA researchers. The two-phase study will include qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys with LGBT service members from each of the four military branches (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines). In this segment, the professors discuss the importance of studying this population and how they hope this study will build […]

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