New York New York 10012

(646)772-6087

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

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  • Resource Referral Info
    Coordination assistance
  • VA Benefits Info
    Coordination to VBA
  • Individual Assistance
    Basic counseling and school coping strategies
  • Campus Community
    Consultations and training
  • Work-Study
    Participation as part of VA work-study
  • 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.

    Upcoming Events: (0)

    SVA Military Alliance Special Viewing and Discussion: Almost Sunrise

    (See trailer link) In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends (Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss) embark on an epic 2,700 mike trek on foot across america, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Discussion to follow.

    This event is a partnership between
    and VITAL Initiative (NYC) (Host)

    Happening on 11/07/2018 at 6:30PM EST

    Located in SVA at 209 E 23rd St room 502

    To Register, or Get More Information: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdCXp3wDySw
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    Columbia Military Caucus Movie Special Viewing: Almost Sunrise

    Description: (See trailer in link) In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends (Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss) embark on an epic 2,700 mike trek on foot across america, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Discussion to follow.

    This event is a partnership between
    Columbia University Undergraduate MILVETS , and VITAL Initiative (NYC) (Host)

    Happening on 11/07/2018 at 12:00PM EST

    Located in Rooms 405 and 406

    To Register, or Get More Information: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdCXp3wDySw
    Register for Event


    NYU Military Alliance Special Viewing and Discussion: Almost Sunrise

    Description: (See trailer in link) In an attempt to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends (Anthony Anderson and Tom Voss) embark on an epic 2,700 mike trek on foot across america, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Discussion to follow.

    This event is a partnership between
    NYU Student Veterans (all programs) , and VITAL Initiative (NYC) (Host)

    Happening on 11/14/2018 at 2:00PM EST

    Located in NYU Kimmel Center, 7th floor Rm. 703

    To Register, or Get More Information: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdCXp3wDySw
    Register for Event


    Recent Events: (3)

    Reviews (11)

    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.

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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

    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

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

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    2/22/2019
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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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    2/21/2019
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    Service Branch

    Army

    Service Status

    Veteran

    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

    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.

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    10/20/2015
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    New Recruit

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

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