Issue 4 | February 2014

For more than a decade, a small percentage of Americans has volunteered to join the military and take part in the nation's longest-running wars, but the effects of combat and the transitions home impact more than just that 1 percent. Families, friends and entire communities have been welcoming home service members whose wartime experiences can span the gamut of physical and psychological reactions. The USC School of Social Work's All School Day event, "Duty of Care," featured a keynote by psychiatrist and retired U.S. Army Col. Charles Hoge, a nationally recognized expert on post-traumatic stress disorder and other physiological reactions to war. Read more



Are you ready? Is your community ready? Anthony Hassan, director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, said we have a moral obligation to ensure that this country's veterans and their families receive the services promised to them when they enlisted and to completely address any injury, illness or disparity created as a result of their service to our country. Read more



The University of Southern California's long tradition of supporting veterans continues with the announcement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's new council to advise his administration on issues affecting the city's military community.  A majority of the Military Veteran Advisory Council has ties to the USC School of Social Work. Read more


Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler, the Army's highest-ranking noncommissioned officer responsible for the well-being of more than 80 percent of the force, visited CIR and members of the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative to discuss transition challenges and possible solutions. Read more

Working as a medic in the Army Reserves, Joshua Borer saw first-hand the obstacles to accessing mental health care--primarily stigma and long waits. That experience influenced his current career choice. Borer is not only pursuing a Master of Social Work at the USC School of Social Work, but he is doing it as a second lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force. Last month, he was commissioned into the Air Force officer ranks by Anthony Hassan, CIR director and retired Air Force officer.  Read more


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