Vol. 4 | January 2017

Victims of military sexual assault experience unique circumstances and require specific treatment compared to civilian sexual trauma victims, according to a new University of Southern California study. Researchers with the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work examined the physical and psychological health, along with risk-taking behaviors, of men and women who had experienced sexual assault in the military. Researchers said the study's findings can guide service providers' treatment of these issues among military populations.  Read more

A new book, co-edited by Clinical Associate Professor Eugenia Weiss, explores the lives of U.S. veterans at work, at home and in American society. "The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities" includes chapters written by USC staff on such topics as health, employment, civic engagement, gender and diversity issues. Learn more

Thanks to a grant from the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, CIR will partner with key organizations from the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative to build a better employment system that supports job-seeking veterans. The new partnership will formally establish working relationships between the organizations and streamline services and information-sharing to create a more efficient process. Read more

To most Americans, a social worker among politicians in Washington, D.C., may be an unfamiliar sight. But U.S. Army Battalion Sgt. Maj. Eric Chastain is not like most Americans. A graduate of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Chastain, MSW '15, was selected last year as one of 30 finalists -- from a pool of about 4,000 -- to be part of the White House Fellows program, working alongside the president's cabinet. Read more

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