Vol. 2, Issue 6 | May 2015

A new study by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families reveals the major challenges facing veterans as they search for employment within the civilian workforce, along with recommendations that can help ease them. Commissioned by Volunteers of America, the study was part of an ongoing effort to understand the needs of the nonprofit's veteran clients and improve services. Key among the findings is that veterans are unprepared for civilian jobs, which leads them to hold unrealistic expectations about availability of jobs, positions they're qualified for, and salary they should earn.  Read more


In 2009, the University of Southern California became the first major research university to offer a military social work specialization. The USC School of Social work aims to prepare students on the unique challenges facing active-duty military, veterans and their families. This spring, another 340 students will graduate from the program. Hear from three students on where their degree will take them next. 
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Gena Truitt is a social worker with unique perspectives. The Navy veteran and USC School of Social Work alumna works in homeless outreach at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, but she also plays a pivotal role at the state level. Last year, Truitt, MSW '12, was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the California Veterans Board, an advisory body to the state's Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more

A new Journal of Sexual Medicine article focuses on the connection between sexual anxiety, genital self-image and the high rates of sexual functioning problems among young military populations. Researchers suggest this link can guide treatment options; some sexual dysfunction causes may benefit from psychological intervention. This is the second journal article based on CIR's sexual functioning as a result of military service study. Read article


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