Canada’s Fallen Soldier- A Remembrance

Yesterday a shooter opened fire in Ottawa, Canada, killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a soldier guarding the Ottawa War Memorial. Despite the efforts of a few local good Samaritans, Cpl. Cirillo died from his wounds, and left a city in a panicked lock-down. The suspect is thought to be a member of an extremist ……

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The Epidemic Of Sexual Assault

I had the honor of attending a Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) event as part of April’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault. Unlike many other months of awareness, like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Black History Month, or most recently, Social Work Month, Sexual Assault Awareness seems as though it is the elephant in the room. We can do better.

According to the National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a person is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes.  The Department of Labor estimates that between 20-48% of females have been sexually assaulted while involved in training or military duty. But women aren’t the only ones at risk. …

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Who Let The Dogs In?

The dogs lay in peaceful repose on the Old Main 100 floor as Wartburg College students filed into Military Families and Subcultures, a first-of-its-kind course in Iowa. The students would study issues facing military families and engage in a solution — training service dogs. Dr. Susan Vallem, professor of ……

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DOMA’s Effect On Same-Sex Couples In The Military

The DOMA ruling handed down by the United States Supreme Court yesterday has generated much discussion over what it means and what the next steps will be. Early analysis has indicated that much of what was overturned yesterday deals specifically with federal law, specifically tax law. However, ……

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Bridging the Experience Gap between Transitioning Veterans and Civilian Counselors

In the course of a dialogue, whether in a therapeutic setting, a social engagement, or even in a political environment, it is necessary to first bridge the distances in paradigms and experiences among participants, so that a common understanding between communicants can be realized. Few ……Full Story @

Can Social Workers Engage The Post 9/11 Veteran?

Recently, there has been much discussion over the role of social work in the reintegration of our service men and women back into society. The wars of over a decade seem to be drawing to a close, and many social work professionals are in the process of becoming culturally competent to prepare for our warriors’ return….Full Story @

LGBTQ Military Couples & Families Experience Far from Equal Benefits

For the second consecutive year the Department of Defense has designated June, as it LGBTQ pride month. That statement alone would make any advocate pause and enjoy the moment of just how far we have come. Since the repeal of “Don’t ask Don’t tell”(DADT) on September 20th, 2011 many ……Full Story @