Baltimore County College Veterans Receive Aid in Transitioning to Student Life

Veterans who have difficulty transitioning from military life to college life can access new tools at a Baltimore County college.Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) has started supporting more than 1,000 veterans at the Community College of Baltimore County, and that counts only the veterans enrolled at the school.

The veterans have at least one thing in common after having served their country in the military, and between classes and tucked away in the corner of the CCBC-Catonsville campus, one can find many of them at the Veterans Service Center helping each other get through school.
"(I had a) little rough transition, but the Veterans Service Center is here, even though they're just getting started. It has been a great help and a great relief. (It's) somewhere to come where you can feel comfortable talking to other veterans about what you have been through," said James Bright, a veteran attending CCBC.
To help veterans make the transition to higher education, VITAL is offering them psychological help on campus as part of an effort that has been eight months in the making.
"Several months ago, the (Veterans Affairs) Maryland Health Care System contacted me and asked me if we would be interested in having more resources for our veteran students, and I said, 'Absolutely, absolutely,'" said Caroline Scott, dean of college life at CCBC-Dundalk.
So far, the program has offered exactly what veterans said they've needed to do their personal best.
Veterans have said the program has helped to make the difference in closing their ranks between the battlefield and the books while simultaneously helping them build new relationships.
In addition to the mental health services, VITAL offers special educational workshops to faculty and staff. Similar programs have also been established at other Maryland colleges and universities.