Issue 1 | November 2013

Capt. Matt Jackson, with the California National Guard, talks about his transition home after a one-year deployment to Iraq. Jackson participated in a CIR program that provided Reintegration Skills Training (RST) to National Guardsmen and their families readjusting to civilian life. 

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In recognition of Veterans Day, we'd like to honor those who have served by ensuring that their duty and sacrifice is not forgotten at home. Earlier this year, we published the National Veterans Covenant, along with USC School of Social Work Dean Marilyn Flynn and Associate Professor Ron Avi Astor, to help develop an initiative to meet the needs of all veterans.  Read more


The USC School of Social Work has launched the most comprehensive survey to date to gauge the diverse needs of Los Angeles County's military community, includng families and service providers. The Los Angeles Veterans Survey, developed by CIR, will poll 3,000 active service members and veterans; 1,000 spouses and partners; and 500 service providers.  Read more

As the newest member of the USC School of Social Work faculty, retired colonel Carl Castro is looking foward to tackling the toughest problems confronting military service members and veterans. "The most pressing challenges the military has right now fram an active-duty perspective is this high suicide rate in the Army, sexual assault issues facing all the services, and facilitating the transition from a wartime military to a peacetime military," he said.   Read more

Mike Baker sits on a therapist's couch, nervously clutching his hands. Baker was deployed to Afghanistan with the National Guard a year ago and is now having trouble at home. His wife made him get help, but talking is the last thing on Baker's mind. "Let me ask you somethng" he said. "Did you ever serve?" Luckily, there is no wrong answer. Read more


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