Vol. 2, Issue 4 | March 2015

Like their counterparts in Los Angeles, many service members returning home to Orange County, California, are facing significant barriers to a successful transition back to civilian life, according to a new study from the USC School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR). Released Feb. 19, "The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study" details the findings of a survey of more than 1,200 veterans living in Orange County. For the most part, the results from both counties painted similar pictures of the general transition challenges faced by veterans in Southern California; however, Orange County veterans faced greater mental health challenges. Read more


During a two-day summit held at USC, about 50 researchers from national and international universities met to discuss how research could help understand the enduring challenges facing the nation's nearly 22 million veterans and their families. The inaugural summit was the first step in developing a national research agenda that would target these critical issues in the next decade. Read more

Listen: Audio recording of the summit

Recent research has found that though sexual functioning problems are significantly higher among military service members than civilians, very few receive treatment. These problems, which are strongly related to the physical and psychological health of service members, are often overlooked by both military populations and clinicians, making it yet another invisible wound of war. Read more

Listen: Audio recording of the conference

A recently published article in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation aims to outline the military workplace culture so that employers can better create supportive workplaces for veterans and military spouses during their reintegration back into civilian communities. Read more

USC's crowdfunding platform, Ignite USC, is raising funds to provide scholarships for children of veteran or active duty U.S. service members to attend a four-week program at the university in which they can earn college credit and preview their "freshman year" at one of the world's leading private research universities. Learn more.


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