Vol. 2, Issue 1 | November 2014

In 2009, the USC School of Social Work launched the military social work program and the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR). In five years, both initiatives have advanced beyond expectation. CIR, whose research and expertise informs the military social work MSW curriculum, has become a known leader of veterans issues through its research, training and global engagement efforts. Read more

  • View photos from five-year anniversary celebration.
  • Watch new CIR video.

In The Huffington Post, CIR director Anthony Hassan discussed how results from the Los Angeles County Veterans Study have confirmed long-held beliefs: "Our separating service members are not getting the help and services they need -- and deserve." But that could start to change with this new data. Read more



Already early donors to the USC School of Social Work's military social work program, a family's military-focused philanthropy has continued with recent donations that have established the Pamela and Mark Mischel Family Endowed Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund, which aims to help student veterans and military spouses pursuing military social work in the school's Master of Social Work program. Read more

Now in its centennial year, USC's proud relationship with the armed services passed a much-anticipated milestone when the Division of Student Affairs officially opened the USC Veterans Resource Center. Located on the third floor of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the facility for the first time gives student-veterans a home on campus. Read more

For more than a decade, about 1 percent of the nation's population has volunteered for military and served in nation's longest-running wars. Many more experience military culture as parents, spouses, children, friends and community. These photos from the Military Culture Photo Contest will help CIR promote an understanding of how service impacts different aspects of one's life. View winners

Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor of Urban Social Development at the USC School of Social Work, wrote that about 4 million children of veteran and military families are currently in our public schools. After 13 years of war, many deployments and multiple school transitions, recognition by public schools is a meaningful gesture that can educate civilians about the sacrifices made by troops and their families. Read more


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