The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program
MSPP Seeks to Serve Those Who Have Bravely Served Us
Many Veterans of the post-9/11 conflicts confront obstacles in their return to civilian life. Family reorganization will challenge veterans and their loved ones, many will experience a lost sense of mission and purpose, and a significant number will return with emotional illness and a concurrent reluctance to seek help. Sadly, more often than not, help will not be readily accessible. MSPP is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the lives of these men and women.
Studies show that more than 1/3 of the 1.6 million U.S. veterans of war experience PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injuries. With active conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these numbers continue to escalate. Mental health support and resources are critical to the personal and professional readjustment of our military and their families. Some of the best resources will be mental health professionals who have combat experience and know first hand the pressures of service and reentry.
MSPP is building a program to "train vets to treat vets." The MSPP Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program will raise matching funds to supplement those provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These robust scholarship opportunities will further encourage the “culture keepers” of the military to Meet the Need and Make a Difference for their service colleagues.
We are pleased and proud to welcome Sen. John Kerry as the Honorary Chair of this campaign.
For more information about eligibility for the VA's Yellow Ribbon Program, please click here.
Greg Matos, 2nd year Clinical PsyD student, and Sam Newland, Organizational Psychology MA student, speak with students and staff about their experiences as soldiers during recent tours of duty. Prior to this discussion the veteran students distributed ‘MRE’s, Meals Ready to Eat’ to students and staff as a way of experiencing a piece of military culture through food.
With the help of many, we can serve those who serve us.
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