Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL) - VA NY Harbor Healthcare System
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VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

 

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL)

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What is VITAL?

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership is VA’s approach to helping student Veterans transition from service member 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 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    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 VBA and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

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.

Art Student, VITAL work study and Veteran, Nikki Woodswell with Dr. Branson at the Veterans Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion. Photo (L-R): VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, VA NY Harbor Director Martina Parauda and VITAL Coordinator Yvette Branson at a recognition ceremony at Manhattan VA Medical Center Summer 2017 tabling for VITAL at Lerner Hall at Columbia's Morningside Campus. Left is Richard Lo, Navy, and right is Kyle Gauck, Army. VITAL Table Week Dr. Yvette Branson, Coordinator, VA’s VITAL program with Charles Rangel. Dr. Yvette Branson, Coordinator, VA’s VITAL program and J.R. Martinez, Iraq Veteran. Dr. Yvette Branson, Clinical Psychologist, with VA Secretary Robert McDonald meeting with student Veterans at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A Marine Corps Veteran, a student and a Work Study student at Fordham University.
Art Student, VITAL work study and Veteran, Nikki Woodswell with Dr. Branson at the Veterans Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion.
Photo (L-R): VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, VA NY Harbor Director Martina Parauda and VITAL Coordinator Yvette Branson at a recognition ceremony at Manhattan VA Medical Center
Summer 2017 VITAL Tabling, Lerner Hall, Columbia's Morningside Campus. Richard Lo (l), Navy, & Kyle Gauck, Army.
VITAL Table Week
Dr. Yvette Branson, Coordinator, VA’s VITAL program with Charles Rangel.
Dr. Branson & Veteran Martinez. Read full story.
Dr. Branson, VA Secretary McDonald & student Veterans at John Jay College.
A Marine Corps Veteran, student & Work Study student at Fordham University. Read full story.

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

Contact Info

Location

  • NY City Colleges and Universities in all 5 boroughs. Wherever Veterans are using VA educational benefits.

Contact Number(s)

  • 646-772-6087

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday
    9:00am-4:30pm