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Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership is a Veteran-centered, results oriented, collaboration between the Cincinnati VA Medical Center (CVAMC) and higher education. We Strive to enhance academic retention and success. We understand the unique factors facing our Veteran students. We are here to help. If you are a Veteran or concerned about a Veteran enrolled in a local college or university, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources.

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 with VA Services.
  • You have an ally at school that knows your unique needs as a student veteran.


  • Treatment for adjustment, stress, anger, depression, anxiety, sleep problems and PTSD.
  • Refer and work with university disability services to request academic accommodations.
  • Support with University processes regarding academic actions and/or conduct issues.
  • Assist with enrollment and care at the CVAMC.
  • Obtain help and resources from within the VA and its affiliates including:  Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) and Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Support with obtaining and using assistive technology devices such as hearing aids and screen-reader software.
  • Support with development of Student Veteran Peer Groups including Student Veterans of America Chapters (SVA) http://www.studentveterans.org/ *

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact:

Jessica Thiede, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
VITAL Initiative, Program Coordinator
Consultant/University Liaison
Cincinnati VA Medical Center