Veterans Get Mental Health Services They Deserve at Cohen Clinic
The Cohen family partners with USC to serve families in Los Angeles.
Peace after war can be elusive for combat veterans who fight painful memories long after theyve left the battlefield. Of the more than 2.6 million men and women who have served in the U.S. military since 9/11, about 20 percent experience some form of post-traumatic stress or brain injurybut nearly half forego treatment, according to the Cohen Veterans Network.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC, made possible by a $15.7 million gift from Steven Cohen and the Cohen Veterans Network, offers veterans and their family members free outpatient mental health services and case management. Recently opened in downtown Los Angeles, the Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC is part of a national network of clinics serving veterans and is a collaboration between the USC School of Social Work and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Veterans have paid an incredible price. Its important that this country pays back that debt.Steven Cohen
Providers will also be stationed at locations throughout the county in areas that otherwise lack these types of services. The clinic will also serve veterans who are ineligible for Veterans Admnistration benefits, such as those who served in the National Guard or the Reserves.
The wounds of war are serious. It is not easy to serve your country in combat overseas and then come back into society seamlessly, especially if you are suffering, says Cohen, chairman and CEO of Point72 Asset Management. Veterans have paid an incredible price. Its important that this country pays back that debt.
The Cohen Veterans Network plans to create a system of about two dozen centers across the country by 2020 as part of a $275 million initiative to improve access to behavioral health care for recent veterans. Cohens support of services for veterans began in part because of a personal connection: His son, Robert, deployed to Afghanistan with the Marines and is currently in the Reserves.
USCs strong programs for veterans made it a natural fit to host the clinic. The USC School of Social Work is home to the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, where researchers conducted the first comprehensive study of veterans in L.A. County. Their findings are already helping to create effective services for veterans. The school has also earned national recognition for its pioneering masters degree in military social workthe only program of its kind offered by a civilian research university.