Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) is the VA's approach to reaching out to student veterans to help facilitate their transition from soldier to student. A joint venture between higher education institutes and the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Department of Veterans Affairs), the program helps military and veteran students maximize their unique strengths, skills, and life experiences as they pursue academic success.
What to Expect
Absolute confidentiality, prompt response to phone or email inquiries about the VITAL program, veteran-centered approach—keeping your well being and best interests in mind.
The VITAL program provides a veteran peer/VA representative who is available to all veteran and active duty military students. Your veteran peer/VA representative knows exactly what it is like to transition from active military service to civilian life. They can walk you through processing enrollment into the VA healthcare system, GI Benefits, Voc Rehab Benefits, developing a variety of skills and readjustment tactics, or just be a listening ear for the many challenges of returning to civilian life.
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 your interests and talents into an academic setting.
Types of Assistance
Contact VITAL’s veteran peer/VA representative now for:
- Veteran peer/VA representative is your POC for any issues that are veteran related.
- You have access on campus to VA services and benefits.
- Enrollment into Bedford VAMC
- Support in developing time management, organization, and study skills
- Connection to peer mentors
- Coordination with the College for academic accommodations
- Support with College processes regarding academic actions and/or conduct issues
- Connection to VA resources including VBA (Veteran Benefits Administration) and Vocational Rehabilitation
- Counseling and ongoing treatment for adjustment, stress, anger, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and PTSD done by VITAL’s clinical team.
Program Supervisor: Alisa Bennett, LICSW, 781-983-2400, Alisa.Bennett@va.gov
Veteran Peer and VA Representative: Jeff Da Silva, 781-860-3388, Jeff.DaSilva@va.gov