Well-done, VHA. Good idea!
STARKVILLE, Miss.--Mississippi State University will be the first higher learning institution in the nation to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide timely, specialized health benefits to veterans.
Polytrauma services--occupational, speech and physical therapies, as well as mental health services--will be available on the university's Starkville campus, whether veterans are students or local residents.
"It's a true partnership between the university and the VA Medical Center (in Jackson)," said psychologist Patricia Grigoryev, who led the VA's development of the collaborative model. "We're helping to provide specific polytrauma services for veterans so that veterans don't have to travel as far or leave campus for services."
The first local veteran to participate in the program visited campus Tuesday [Sept. 30] to receive physical therapy treatment.
"It's much closer; Jackson is quite a distance to travel," said Columbus resident Carla Bush, former U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class. "I think this will be better for me to be able to drive to Starkville instead of Jackson. I'm glad they are going to try to help me here."
MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the partnership continues the university's longstanding tradition of veteran support.