Vol. 5 | February 2018

Financial wellness is essential for veterans to find success after leaving the military, but research shows many are unprepared for the new challenges of civilian life. For many veterans, this new chapter marks the first time they'll have to pay and budget for food, housing, insurance and more. In an effort to address this issue, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, along with Prudential, held a two-day summit that brought together the expertise of individuals in the financial sector, academia and government. Carl Castro, CIR director and retired Army colonel, said government agencies have been grappling with this issue for years, and yet a good solution remains elusive.  Read more

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