Commissioning of MSPP Student Veteran
Former Marine Corps Sergeant, Greg Matos, a third-year PsyD student at MSPP, recently returned to military life in a commissioning ceremony held at MSPP. Sworn in by Navy psychologist Mathew B. Rariden, PsyD, in two years Ensign Matos is to become a military psychologist in the Navy where he will treat Marines.
The supporting audience at the ceremony included many MSPP faculty and long-time friends of Greg’s, as well as other MSPP veteran students including Eli Spector and Norman "Trey" Tippins. Trey also intends to return to the Army as a military psychologist.
“I can’t put into words what it means for a veteran to be able to speak to another veteran about their experiences. Our common language, our bond is nearly impossible to find outside of military life,” comments Greg. “It was difficult making the transition from Marine to psychology student at MSPP. But sharing that challenge with my fellow veterans training as psychologists has helped me integrate these two identities and made a world of difference.”
The commissioning of Greg Matos exemplifies “Train Vets to Treat Vets,” an MSPP initiative to develop a program of mental health providers skilled in assisting veterans with mental health challenges because they too are veterans.
“We believe this initiative is now an essential part of our mission as a school of psychology,” states Nicholas Covino, President of MSPP.