USC Hosts Conference on Urgent Needs of Returning Veterans

October 4, 2013

Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss the need for veterans services in the city of Los Angeles; Peter Gravett, Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the State of California, will also speak

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Los Angeles, October 4, 2013 – The University of Southern California will host a national conference on supporting the needs of returning veterans on Oct. 8 at the University Park Campus. The conference will feature substantive policy discussions on a wide range of complex challenges facing returning veterans, including workforce re-entry, job training and education and the increasing prevalence of homelessness, particularly among female veterans.

“The USC Price School is deeply committed to advancing the development of policies and practices that improve the quality of life for veterans throughout the nation. From unemployment to housing and homelessness, USC Price faculty and students are actively engaged in policy research and implementation for the benefit of veterans and military families,” said Jack H. Knott, dean of the USC Price School of Public Policy.

The event will feature a number of high-ranking government officials and experts on veterans’ issues, including Peter Gravett, Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the State of California; Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs; and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who will discuss the need for local, integrated services to support veterans in the city of Los Angeles.

“It’s time for Los Angeles to better serve those who have given so much to serve us,” Garcetti said.  “I’m focused on finding ways to tailor resources for our veterans, from housing services to integrating social workers into job centers that get our veterans back to work.”

The afternoon segment of the event will feature two concurrent panel discussions, titled “Workforce Development: Dispelling the Myth of PTSD” and “Addressing the Housing Needs of Returning Vets.” These panels will feature leaders from corporations, nonprofit organizations and government representatives working in the field.

The event will conclude with a special screening of the award-winning HBO documentary, Alive Day Memories, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s producers and some of the veterans featured in the film.

“It is an honor to host such distinguished leaders on campus at USC. This event will mark the beginning of a new initiative at the university, in which multiple schools across campus will commit significant resources and faculty expertise to the care, recovery, and reintegration of veterans throughout the nation,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

This conference is funded in part by Barbara and Donald Jonas of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program. Additional support is provided by the USC School of Social Work, Bill and Mary DeWitt, Got Your 6, the USC Price Athenian Society, the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

About the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

About the USC Price School of Public Policy

The USC Price School of Public Policy, established in 1929, is one of the premier schools of its kind in the nation. Through a time-honored commitment to public service, a legacy of strong connections to professional leaders and a world-renowned research portfolio, the school’s faculty, students and alumni work to improve the quality of life for people and their communities worldwide. The USC Price School of Public Policy is at the forefront of research and teaching on today’s major issues, including: housing and real estate markets, environmental sustainability, health care, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, governance and leadership, nonprofits and philanthropy, civic engagement, immigration and the impact of terrorism.