Claudia Bustamante is communications manager for the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR), where she writes about research, donors, faculty and students within the military social work program. She has also worked as a journalist covering human interest issues in Mexico and Cape Town, South Africa, and K-12 education for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. She has a master’s in journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Stories by Claudia Bustamante:
Alum finds higher calling among local veterans
National Guard chaplain keeps the faith in the community.
D.C. trip offers an inside peek at veterans’ policies
MSW@USC students discover how regulations can impact programs for service members and their families.
Social Work study pinpoints a veteran’s vulnerability
USC study finds that isolation can lead vets to take extreme measures.
Data drive local leaders’ plans for veterans
USC survey helps to identify areas of most need in Los Angeles County.
USC career fair employs a new strategy
A navigator program pairs professional volunteers with transitioning veterans and service members to assist them during the job-hunting process.
Taiwan calls on USC for counsel on key social work issues
Dean Flynn leads faculty who share expertise on development of a military social work academic program.
Hassan saluted for his work with veterans and the community
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America honors the USC leader who helps veterans re-enter society.
USC Social Work center to help National Guard reintegrate
A corporate gift will support management of post-deployment challenges.
Award winner shares wisdom with budding social workers
Kimberly Finney educates the future workforce of military social workers
Social work student bridges the divide between military and civilians
Shawn Cervantes helps an underserved population in Santa Cruz.
Unsung heroes share forgotten history of buffalo soldiers
“The Stories of Unsung Black Military Heroes” provided a forum in which veterans could relate their stories.
Safe environments assist transition of student veterans
“Many Voices, One Vision” brings together numerous experts and stakeholders for a two-day event.
Sinise Foundation helps wounded warriors
“Closing the Gap” aimed to identify gaps in care and work toward solutions to better support veterans who experienced severe trauma in conflict.
Relationships ease transitions for vets coming home
“Duty of Care” features a keynote address by a retired U.S. Army colonel along with a panel of experts focusing on veterans and military issues.
USC leaders advise mayor on veterans issues
Mayor Eric Garcetti announces the formation of a new council that will advise his administration on issues affecting the city’s military community.
Canadian senator reflects on terminal effects of PTSD
Dallaire said that post-traumatic stress is an injury that requires urgent attention because its impact is felt by more than just the individual.
USC military social work center receives grant
The Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the USC School of Social Work has received a grant from Prudential to build on its community engagement efforts to strengthen veterans’ reintegration into the civilian community.
Faculty comes forward for social work
Two USC professors are doing their part to bolster impactful research at the USC School of Social Work.
Workshop shows the many ways to help returning vets
When veterans come home, they may face multiple health challenges — physical, mental and psychological.
Social workers target mental health with NATO group
Most national militaries have challenging basic training programs to ensure the physical fitness of new members.
USC center honored for helping vets find work
The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families was one of seven organizations to be awarded the first Seal of Distinction.
USC survey helps the military community
The USC School of Social Work has launched the most comprehensive survey to date to gauge the diverse needs of Los Angeles County’s military community.
A virtual setting for the practice of motivational interviews
Clad in blue jeans and a buttoned-down shirt, Mike Baker sits on a therapist’s couch, nervously clutching his hands.
The invisible wounds of war
The recognition and praise associated with a Medal of Honor for heroics during one of the deadliest battles in Afghanistan does not come easy to Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter.