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VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

 

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL)

What is VITAL?

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership is VA’s approach to reaching out to student Veterans to help facilitate the transition from Soldier to student.

The VITAL Initiative is a partnership between VA New York Harbor Healthcare System and local colleges and universities. We’re here to help you navigate your needs and concerns and maximize your unique set of strengths, skills and life experiences as you develop and translate your interests and talents into the academic setting.


As a Veteran did you know?

  • You have access to VA on campus to navigate VA services and benefits:
    Available Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
    Yvette Branson, (646) 772-6087
  • You have an ally at school who understands your unique needs as a student Veteran.

Services

Veterans
  • Free tutoring through Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Peer Mentoring
  • VA Work Study opportunities
  • Counseling and ongoing treatment for readjustment, stress, anger, depression, anxiety and sleep problems.
  • Refer and work with the university to request academic accommodations.
  • Coping strategies for classroom difficulties -- attention, concentration, restlessness.
  • Assist with enrollment and care at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.
  • Obtain help and resources from within the VA and its affiliates including Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • Tai Chi and Distress Tolerance Groups

Academic Faculty/Staff
  • Education for college/university staff about Military & Veteran culture.
  • Consult about Veteran-specific issues that impact performance and academic success.
  • Work with college/university counseling centers in serving the unique readjustment needs of Veterans.
  • Assist with communication between VA New Harbor Healthcare System and college/university staff about your concerns, resources and needs.

What to Expect

  • VITAL will maintain absolute confidentiality.
  • Prompt response to phone or email inquiries about the VITAL program.
  • Veteran-centered perspective keeping the Veteran’s well-being and best interest in mind.
  • The primary goal of the program is to support the Veteran’s efforts to complete your education as you transition to civilian life.

Referral/Contact
Dr. Yvette Branson with VA Secretary Shinseki
Dr. Yvette Branson, Clinical Psychologist, with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Yvette Branson, PhD
Coordinator, VITAL Initiative
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
646-772-6087
VITAL Brochure



Contact Info

Location

  • CUNY Baruch College;
    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice;
    Fordham University

Contact Number(s)

  • 646-772-6087

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    9:00am-4:30pm