VITAL Initiative (NYC)

New York City

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Education | VAServices |

New York, New York 10012

http://www.nyharbor.va.gov/services/vital.asp

(646)772-6087

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Mission

VA partnership with universities and colleges to help with the transfer of military skills to academia, connect student Veterans to resources, and help coordinate VA care.

Description

The VITAL initiative provides a multitude of services and benefits to student veterans through a partnership between the New York Harbor Healthcare System and local colleges. By collaborating with both university staff and the Veterans Administration, the program focuses on veterans’ unique skillsets and needs to maximize success in the academic setting. From tutoring, work-study opportunities, individual counseling, and assistance with integration to VA healthcare and beyond, the services provided are prompt, comprehensive, and above all, confidential. VITAL services are available at CUNY schools, Fordham, Columbia University, St. John’s University and other schools across the city.

Reviews (16)

5/20/2019

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I started my work with VITAL in my last semester at Fordham University and I wish I would have found out about it sooner. Vital has helped me get connected with a lot of benefits such as healthcare, workstudy and even therapy. I am a photogapher and have done some photography projects for VITAL which I am grateful for. I've been able to continue to hone my skills, while also extending my network and tapping into a plethora of resources. I would recommend this program to any Veteran!

Tags: Work-Study

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4/5/2019

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Dr. Branson was a wealth of information. I’m so glad I was pointed in her direction. She gave me great information and was kind and understanding. I’m looking forward to our next meeting. Had such a great feeling after I left her office.

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4/4/2019
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New Recruit

VITAL provides streamlined services to veterans. I was so impressed by the program that I was interested in joining the team in order to give back to the community. I think that there are so many opportunities out there for veterans, but the problem is that so many of them are unaware of the resources that are available. Sometimes you don't know what you don't know, therefore I feel that it's best for any veteran to reach out to the program and learn about what is out there. I think its best to pass on the information to as many people as possible.

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4/4/2019
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New Recruit

Bridge to other resources Get rid of the lower level contacts Impersonal, borderline rude

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Hi, I agree, the lower level staff position has been eliminated. Thanks for info and please reach out again if you need anything!

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4/3/2019
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New Recruit

I certainly agree with all the rave reviews. The VITAL Initiative Coordinator is especially caring and understanding towards any need that a veteran may experience. I have visited with her on two occasions, two separate matters, overall both uniquely positive experiences. She will go above and beyond when dealing with any VA item; whichever. Regardless, pertinent or relative concern. I can honestly say that she will attempt and employ all efforts; tremendously resourceful, truly an amazing experience. For whatever reason, there will be a friendly voice there; their approach is close and familiar, definitely I won't hesitate if any VA issue or need should arise. Thank you VITAL NYC.

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3/28/2019

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VITAL has been a fantastic resource. The health coverage is a lifesaver and personnel have been helpful, considerate and highly pleasant to work with.

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3/27/2019
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New Recruit

VITAL is an invaluable asset for veterans. A tip to those interacting with the program is to always ask questions. It's a bilateral relationship which means in order to fulfill your needs, you should be transparent and willing to ask questions. Moreover, the guidance and resources provided has made my experience pleasant, my only problem was that I wished I knew about this program sooner.

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3/18/2019
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New Recruit

VITAL was the first VA resource center I utilized as a veteran. It's availability on campus and flexible scheduling allowed me to get the help I needed. VITAL has been one of the most important resources I used on my campus. Apart from personal counseling sessions, VITAL guides veterans on how to access and understand other valuable resources. Would definitely recommend vets to check out.

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3/15/2019
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New Recruit

Veterans out there who are unaware of all the great benefits and resources that they can reach out to, should definitely take the opportunity and meet with the Vital representatives and get all the help they possibly need.

Tags: VA Benefits Info

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3/11/2019
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New Recruit

VITAL is a great resource which makes a Veteran transition and experience at school more pleasant. Whether it is counseling, referrals or any other issues, VITAL will find a way to help Veterans.

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3/8/2019

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Vital has helped me leaps and bounds while participating in the work study program. I have been able to help other veterans with a large number of needs. It has helped acdemic, professionally, and help better me as a person. Would highly recommend the program to anyone

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2/28/2019

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VITAL has indeed been a vital resource for me in my transition from military to student/civilian life.

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2/21/2019
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Army

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I feel like this used to be offered at my school (one of the CUNY schools) and is not any longer which is something of a shame. I think it's a good idea to have a point of contact specifically for veteran mental health and wellness at the schools, particularly one who is a primary contact back to the VA. I don't know that I see as much of the point in them referencing other organizations outside wellness unless they are supposed to be an overall reference point for opportunities outside of the school, but to at least be a point of contact for different opportunities like VA resources and programs (and what is at which VA, which in NYC is important know), other holistic mental health programs, and even setting up an appointment with the VITAL clinician are all really important. I've seen resources like this really help some fellow student vets.

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2/21/2019
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New Recruit

Great Program. Veterans who are in need of health benefits and a plethora of sources that will benefit them for a lifetime are now easier to access. Also, the VITAL work-study program allows for more flexibility than the VA work-study program.

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2/21/2019

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There should be more tabling done to reach more vets that do not go into vital offices.

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2/21/2019
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New Recruit

VITAL helped me to utilize/learn about resources available to veterans, ways to cope and manage civilian lifestyle, and gave me the opportunity to reach out to the veteran community.

Tags: Work-Study

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