Vol. 3, Issue 1 | November 2015

In partnership with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work, 211 LA County and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative has launched a new text-messaging platform to help veterans as they transition back to their local communities. Available 24 hours a day, Text2Vet connects veterans to veteran peer navigators who can link them to information and needed resources in Los Angeles. By texting "veteran" to LA211 (52211), veterans will be able to receive an overview of what is available to them in multiple areas, including education, employment, legal, medical, and housing, among others. This project resulted from data from CIR's recent study of local veterans that found more than half of veterans did not know where to go for help. Read more


CIR received two gifts totaling $125,000 to support local efforts aimed at making Los Angeles the most veteran-friendly place in the country. The gifts from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Newman's Own Foundation will provide necessary support to the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, a network of more than 400 stakeholders addressing the most pressing issues facing local military populations. Read more

Joshua Pena always dreamed of pursuing higher education. Though it was briefly put on hold when he joined the military, he is now close to achieving his Master of Social Work from the USC School of Social Work, focusing on children, youth and families, and military social work. The Gary Sinise Scholarship recipient wants to translate his passion for serving others into a career closing the gap between veterans and civilians--especially among military families. Read more

Appearing in American Psychological Association, a new article by CIR researchers examined sexual trauma among female veterans and found a majority of those surveyed met criteria for PTSD. Though only 14 percent of women reported seeking treatment immediately after their assault, more than 75 percent reported receiving mental health counseling years after the assaults. Read more

In The Huffington Post, Ron Avi Astor, Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor of School Behavioral Health at the USC School of Social Work, discussed efforts in Los Angeles public schools to identify students from military and veteran families. This critical work helps focus appropriate resources and supports to this population, which is at higher risk of negative outcomes.  Read more


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