Vol. 3, Summer Issue

A nationally recognized nonprofit launched by a group of USC School of Social Work students has found a new home within the school's military research center. The Military Acceptance Project, which began in 2011 as a student initiative, provided information and resources to lesbian, gay and bisexual service members before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the law barring these individuals from openly serving in the military. MAP's work in promoting equality and acceptance among military service members, veterans and their families, received White House recognition in 2012 as a Champion of Change. The San Diego-based nonprofit will now be housed within USC's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) to help move the work beyond advocacy to research and future policy changes. Read more


The University of Southern California was awarded a competitive $35,000 grant from the Borchard Foundation Center on International Education to convene a colloquium about the long-term effects of war on communities. Co-organized by Carl Castro, associate professor and CIR director, and Madeleine Bruning, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the June colloquium focused on moral injury -- the third invisible wound of war. Read more

This summer, CIR researchers and USC School of Social Work doctoral students attended a symposium with their peers at the King's Centre for Military Health Research at King's College London. The trip introduced the participants to the military research currently underway at CIR and at King's College, and served as a springboard for generating new ideas for future collaboration. Read more

David Wiseman, former British Army soldier, visited CIR to share his moving experience and inspiring work of empowering veterans through sports. After being shot in Afghanistan and getting medically discharged from the British Forces, Wiseman has attempted to summit Mt. Everest, helped Prince Harry organize the inaugural Invictus Games, and captained the 2016 UK team. Listen to talk

Carl Castro, associate professor and CIR director, and Sara Kintzle, research assistant professor, describe military transition theory for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The theory aims to describe, explain and predict important aspects of transitions that occur throughout a service member's military career, including joining the military, deployments, moving from one duty station to another and leaving the military. Read more

More than 100 people attended a recent event aimed at better supporting military-connected families and veterans. The fourth annual Working With Military-Connected Families Conference was held on Aug. 4 at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall and included discussions on engaging veteran fathers, serving military-connected students in schools, and caring for the caregiver. Read more


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