Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL)


To provide world-class healthcare and improve the overall mental health of Veterans, while supporting their successful integration into college and university campuses through:

  1. Promotion of positive cohesion between Veterans and the entire learning community through campus and community clinical education and training
  2. Seamless access to VA healthcare services and on-campus clinical counseling
  3. Providing efficient care coordination of all available services.

TAMU’s VITAL Representative: Metari Garza, LCSW, CCM

During her career Mrs. Garza has worked mostly in health care, but also has experience in working children and adolescents. Mrs. Garza has been serving Veterans, Service Members, and their families 2010 within the VA Health Care System. She was in U.S. Army Veteran (Captain) and served as a training officer in the reserves for almost six years with part of her duties focused on suicide prevention training for soldiers and their families. Mrs. Garza joined the Veteran Resource and Support Center team at Texas A & M University as the VITAL Program Coordinator in February 2018. Her duties include direct clinical care, VA healthcare coordination, and outreach/education for Veterans, faculty, staff, and community members.

Contact Information

Metari Garza, LCSW, CCM

ph. 979 – 862 – 7480