State of the American Veteran Conference
The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is once again presenting a conference aimed at addressing the critical issues facing today’s veterans. The State of the American Veteran Conference will focus on understanding the military transition issues of veterans and families, learning about their needs and challenges, and moving toward concrete policy recommendations to ease their transition and increase their well-being.
Last year’s conference focused on making California more military- and veteran-friendly. This year’s conference will continue our statewide efforts, while also identifying common themes that can be carried out in the rest of the nation. California is home to almost 2 million veterans and more than 57, 000 service members currently serving in the national Guard and Reserve components. With more veterans than any other state, California leaders have the unique ability to show the way forward for the rest of the nation.
In 2014, Dr. Carl Castro, CIR director, and Dr. Sara Kintzle, CIR research assistant professor, led the first comprehensive needs assessment of the veteran community in Los Angeles, followed by similar studies in Orange County, San Francisco, Chicago and Alabama. Though the results are unique to each location, emerging trends point to issues facing all veterans when accessing care and local support. It is with this data in mind that CIR brings together leaders in the veteran sphere to spotlight the main issues facing veterans and families, and guide the work moving forward.
The State of the American Veteran Conference will include five different tracks focused on:
- Combat Veterans
- Student Veterans
- Women Veterans
- National Guard & Reserve
- Children & Families
Breakout sessions across the two days will tackle the unique transition experiences, programs and policy recommendations of each group.