Issue 11 | October 2014

A new report by the USC School of Social Work's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families outlines the findings of the first comprehensive study of a large urban military population. Conducted fall 2013 with more than 1,350 veterans, the study found that many service members leaving the military and returning to Los Angeles County are not prepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization. The study explored numerous areas, such as transition challenges, employment and finances, housing, health and access to veteran services. Read more


Since 9/11, more than 2.6 million service members have been deployed overseas, but the U.S. Armed Forces have been defending and exemplifying American values for even longer. In less than two weeks, Americans will have a chance to truly thank the sacrifices service members and veterans have made to protect our freedoms by taking part in one of America's most-cherished rights--the right to vote. Read more



The Los Angeles County Veterans Study found significant barriers to care, including more than 50% of post-9/11 veterans reporting not knowing where to go for help. As a response, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, along with 211, developed a portal to allow veterans to search for and access needed services on their own or with the help of a personal navigator. Visit


Dwight Tate, MSW '77, and his wife, Kathy Wright, have made a gift of $600,000 to establish the Dwight Tate Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for veterans and military spouses pursuing a Master of Social Work at the USC School of Social Work. This gift will help increase the number of specially trained social workers and behavioral health professionals who can meet the unique needs of military service members and their families. Read more

As the wife of a disabled veteran, Krystal Lerner knows first-hand the struggles many face trying to get services. Though she had time to devote to helping her husband, the experience made her think about others who might not share the same support systems. Hoping to use her perspective to help other military families, Lerner is pursuing a Master of Social Work from the USC School of Social Work. Read more


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