Veterans at Emory

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At Emory University, Veterans and their families are a valued and vital part of our community. Emory is committed to investing in Veterans as students, caring for Veterans in the greater Atlanta metropolitan region and beyond, and training current and future healthcare providers to provide the very best in specialized care. Our close relationship with the Atlanta VA Medical Center helps ensure patient-centered care for the more than 130,000 enrolled Veterans living in 50 counties across northeast Georgia.

Investing in Veterans as students

In the 2014-2015 academic year, Emory University invested over one million dollars in financial aid to students who are Veterans of the U.S. military through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual VA tuition and fees benefit. All of Emory's nine schools have chosen to participate.

Caring for Veterans in the community

Emory's Veterans Program offers Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their family members a variety of expert support resources. The program is focused on helping people in the Southeastern United States get help for PTSD and TBI. If you or a family member are a Veteran of OIF/OEF, you may be able to receive free psychological and neurological services. Contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator to find out more information.

As part of Warrior Care Network, Emory's Veterans Program offers innovative two- to three-week intensive outpatient programs that will provide individualized care that is tailored to each wounded veteran and family member. Through this cutting-edge initiative of the Wounded Warriors Project (WWP), its regional partners plan to serve thousands of wounded veterans and family members over the next three years.

This program will ensure that wounded veterans who are eligible for network care will not be denied access to state-of-the-art, patient-centered care due to their geographic location or inability to pay. The treatment programs will integrate behavioral health care, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, nutrition, mindfulness training, and family support.

As an academic medical center in Warrior Care Network, Emory's Veterans Program has committed to providing culturally sensitive, comprehensive care; sharing best practices; coordinating care among sites; and developing and delivering upon measurable health care outcomes. WWP and the individual Network sites will recruit and educate wounded veterans about the resources available through Warrior Care Network, facilitate inter-facility collaboration, evaluate the effectiveness and scalability of the network, and coordinate services and share best practices in providing services to wounded veterans and family members across the country.

Currently, the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans assists those who have served our country with the legal issues that they face, including claims for service-connected disability.

Two hundred fifty-four veterans are employed at Emory University with 92 (36%) serving in leadership roles. Additionally, Emory Healthcare employs 324 veterans with 13% serving in leadership roles.

Training healthcare providers to provide specialized care

Emory is one of six nursing schools nationwide selected for the VA Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The partnership provides $4 million to fund 10 additional faculty positions at the School of Nursing and increase Emory's undergraduate nursing class by 100 students over a five-year period. Students engage in specialized training in mental health, traumatic brain injury care, home-based health care, palliative care, women's health, and homeless care.

Emory's Veterans Program is also part of a collaboration offering Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) training in Georgia. The program, better known as STAR, is aimed at improving the care of service members and their families across the state. STAR is a partnership with the Georgia National Guard, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Center for Deployment Psychology and Purdue University. For questions about the registry or training, contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator or send an email to georgiaadmin@starproviders.org.

Partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Emory and the Atlanta VA Health Care System share back-to-back campuses and a partnership that stretches back nearly seven decades. Research areas range from diabetes and drug addiction to cancer, HIV/AIDS, depression, hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia. The VAMC, which is also a teaching hospital, is currently staffed by approximately 328 Emory physicians, roughly two-thirds of whom are full time at this facility. The VAMC has 466 hospital beds, including a 120-bed Community Living Center, 21 psychiatric residential rehab beds and 40 domiciliary beds. It logs approximately 7,714 admissions and 1,154,649 outpatient service visits annually.

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