VITAL: Veteran Integration to Academic Leadership

What is VITAL?

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership is a Veteran-centered, results oriented, a collaboration between the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center, Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College. With a VA Counselor located directly on campus, Student Veterans can access Academic Coaching, Transition Counseling, and Behavioral Health services that promote their Health and Academic Success. We are here to help Veterans succeed in college!

As a Veteran did you know?

  • You have access to a VA psychologist on your campus.
  • There are important benefits and resources available to you.
  • You have someone who can help you with VA services.

What to Expect

  • Prompt attention to contact made to the VITAL program.
  • VITAL will adhere to all privacy standards with respect and sensitivity.
  • Maintain a Veteran-centered perspective keeping the Veteran’s well-being and best interest in mind.
  • Use of research-based treatments.

Our VA Values

Trust in the integrity of the VITAL Initiative and a commitment to its goals.

Respect, understanding and sensitivity to your unique concerns.

Excellence in service delivery.

Compassion in all that we do.

Commitment to the highest principles and ethics.

Veteran Services

Academic Coaching

  • Study skills and homework accountability strategies.
  • Accessing campus and community based resources.
  • Ally, advocate, and support with university processes (i.e., Financial Aid, Disability Resource Services).

Transition Counselor

  • Establishing civilian goals and identifying new career choices.
  • Reconnecting emotionally with family and friends as well as developing new supportive networks.
  • Creating self-structure and maintaining balance to meet multiple demands and stressors.

Behavioral Health

  • Healthy exercise, diet, and weight management.
  • Sleep hygiene and interventions for insomnia, dreams, and nightmares.
  • Relaxation training (i.e., meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and diaphragmatic breathing).
  • Therapy for PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse.

Academic Faculty/Staff

  • Education for college/university faculty and staff about Military & Veteran culture.
  • Consultation for specific issues that may impact Veteran performance and retention in the classroom.
  • Collaboration with college leadership, faculty, departments, and Veteran associated programs to further promote a Veteran supportive campus.