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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.

For more information or questions about any of these, contact us at cir@usc.edu.

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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.

Click through to see photos from […]

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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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