VITAL Veteran Integration to Academic Leadership - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
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Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital


VITAL Veteran Integration to Academic Leadership


The Bedford VA VITAL team has been working with multiple colleges and universities in Massachusetts since 2011 including: Bunkerhill Community College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State University, Middlesex Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, North Shore Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Northeastern University, Salem State University.

VITAL is able to offer case management support for academic resources as well as being able to connect Veterans to VA mental health and medical care.

The purpose of this page is to serve as a resource to link colleges/universities as well as student Veterans with up to date information on academic resources and contact information for VITAL program. As it develops, student Veterans will be able to search this page for information about Veteran services at various Massachusetts based colleges and universities.


 Chuck Drebing, PhD, (Chief of Mental Health Service Line); Melissa Boudreau,PsyD, (Post-Doctoral Resident, Foxtrot); Dr Eunice Kwon,(VITAL Psychologist); Kai Chitaphong, (National Director of VITAL); Alisa Bennett, LICSW, (VITAL Program Manager); Donna Crossman,PhD, (Post Doctoral Resident Community Reintegration); Arielle Scoglio,(Research Assistant SoCRR); Laura Donovan, PsyD, (Post-Doctoral Resident Foxtrot); Steve Shepard, (Transitional Patient Adovcate OEF/OIF Boston/Bedford)

VITAL staff working

Alisa Bennett  Vital Program Manager  781-983-2400

Eunice Kwon VITAL Psychologist, (781) 999-3586

Donna Crossman, VITAL Psychologist, 781-687-3433

Jeff DaSilva, VITAL Peer

FOXTROT is Bedford VA's Community Mental Health Team
Foxtrot provides community based mental health treatment, both at the VITAL campuses and at other community sites. The treatment team includes a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, psychologist, social worker and trainees. Foxtrot providers can assist with medication management, supportive therapy and evidence based therapy as well as telehealth services. To obtain a referral to the Foxtrot mental health please contact a member of the VITAL team.

IN THE NEWS!  The first Veteran Education Summit was held in August 2016 with dozens of schools, state and federal partners in attendance.  Read the coverage in the Salem News here.


Bunker Hill Community College

Mount Wachusett Community College

Quinsigamond Community College

Student Veterans of America (Chapter Directory)

Salem State University

Veterans Upward Bound at UMass Boston


To request or recommend a resource for this page, please contact: Alisa  Bennett.


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VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.



Contact Info


  • Building 78 Room 12

Contact Number(s)

  • 781-983-2400

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00am - 5:00pm