The VITAL Initiative

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 Baruch College, CUNY John Jay, Fordham, Columbia University, La Guardia Community College, and St. John’s University. For more information, please contact Yvette Branson, PhD.




Yvette Branson, PhD

Vital Initiative Coordinator 

(646)772-6087 or

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