Issue 2 | December 2013

The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) administers the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, a group of more than 200 stakeholders and community organizations working together to meet the varied needs of Los Angeles' military community. One of their current projects is the county-wide Los Angeles Veterans Survey. 

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Los Angeles County is home to more than 320,000 veterans, and as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, the numbers will continue to increase. Data gathered from the Los Angeles Veterans Survey will help address the needs of this growing population and military families in our community. If you're a veteran, active service member, spouse/partner, we want to hear from you. Take the survey

When veterans come home, they may face multiple health challenges-physical, mental and psychological. To better serve them, CIR, along with Mount St. Mary's College, Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC, organized an interprofessional workshop for students of health care professions aimed at creating collaborative care strategies for veterans and military families. Read More  

Most national militaries have challenging basic training programs to ensure the physical fitness of new members. Few, however, devote as much time to mental health. And that may come as a detriment. Since 2011, a NATO research task group, chaired by USC's Carl Castro and comprising social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and military trainers from 10 countries, has been probing this area of basic resilience training. Read more

USC Master of Social Work student RanDee McLain has been involved in more than 21 military-related events and organizations as a student. In recognition of her tireless work, McLain became the first post-9/11 veteran to be honored as the 2013-2014 Veteran of the Year by the San Diego Veterans Museum and Memorial Center. McLain served eight and a half years in the U.S. Navy. Read more


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