What Is the VITAL Initiative?
The Director's Message

A student walks in a hallway. Welcome to the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Initiative. Many Veterans are enrolling in higher education in order to:

Kai Chitaphong, Acting Director, VITAL Initiative
Kai Chitaphong
National Director,
VITAL Initiative
  • Gain career opportunities

  • Develop new skills

  • Use military skills in civilian life

  • Improve the quality of life for themselves and their families

  • Transition and integrate into communities

Some Veterans, however, may enter colleges and universities with transitional issues or a need for physical or mental health assistance.

We strive to enhance academic retention and success through:

  • On-campus clinical care and coordination

  • Improving understanding of Veterans’ unique strengths and challenges through education and training

  • Collaborating with your local VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration, campus faculty and staff, and community resources

We understand the unique factors facing our Student Veterans. We are here to help.

Whether you are an Active Duty Service Member, Veteran, agency, college or university, we encourage you to use our vast resources and information. If there is anything I can do to help you, please feel free to contact me directly Khamkay.chitaphong@va.gov.


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