Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) - Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center
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Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center

 

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL)

What is VITAL?

Graduation hat and tassleVeterans Integration to Academic Leadership is a Veteran-centered, results oriented, collaboration between the Walla Walla VA Medical Center and Columbia Basin College and Washington State University Tri-Cities. With a VA Psychologist located directly on both campuses, student Veterans can access College Success Coaching and Transition Services, Resource Referral, and a wide range of Behavioral Health Services that promote health and achieving career goals. 

We are here to help Veterans succeed in college! 

As a Veteran, did you know?

  • You have access to a VA clinical psychologist on your campus.
  • There are important benefits and resources available to you.
  • You have someone who can help with VA Services.
  • You have an ally at school that knows your unique needs as a student Veteran.

Veteran Services

      College Success Coaching and Transition

  • Study skills and homework accountability strategies. Accessing campus and community based resources.
  • Ally, advocate, and support with university processes (i.e., Financial Aid, Disability Resources).
  • Support with University processes regarding academic actions and/or conduct issues.
  • Establishing new goals and career choices.
  • Creating self structure and maintaining balance.

      Resource Referral

  • Assist with enrollment and care at the Walla Walla VA Medical Center or associated VA Outpatient Clinics.
  • Obtain help and resources from within the VA and its affiliates including:  Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Support with development of Student Veteran peer groups such as student Vet Centers and Vet Clubs.

      Behavioral Health

  • Healthy exercise, diet, and weight management.
  • Interventions for insomnia, dreams, and nightmares.
  • Relaxation training (i.e., meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and diaphragmatic breathing).
  • Evidence based treatment for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
  • Improving emotional connectivity with family and friends and developing new supportive networks.

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Academic Faculty/Staff

  • Education for 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 promote a Veteran supportive campus.
  • Consultation for Veteran specific issues that impact performance and retention.
  • Work with college/university counseling centers in serving the unique mental health needs of Veterans.
  • Assist with communications between the Walla Walla VA Medical Center and college/university staff about concerns, resources, and student needs.

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 evidence based treatments.

Referrals/Contacts

Kellie Reynolds, Ph.D., LP
Clinical Psychologist & VITAL Program Coordinator

~ Walla Walla VAMC ~
509.525-5200 ext. 26761

Services also available at:

Washington State University Tri-Cities
(Richland, WA)

Columbia Basin College
(Pasco, WA)

   

Contact Info

Location

  • Walla Walla VAMC
    Bldg. 143, 2nd floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 509-525-5200 Ext. 26761

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 am - 4:30 pm