VFW convention to spotlight SRU's veterans' program


June 29, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Telehealth program for student veterans will be featured when the 116th VFW National Convention meets July 18-22, in Pittsburgh. An estimated 10,000 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members will attend the David L. Lawrence Convention Center event.

The program will include a video outlining some the region's veterans outreach efforts, including a program at SRU that allows veterans to be involved in the online Telehealth network.

"We certainly want to help get the word out to veterans attending school, and so we will be highlighting our work with Slippery Rock University," said Joe Torok, health systems specialist with the Butler Veterans Administration and a 2002 SRU graduate.

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Last year, SRU became the first university in Pennsylvania to sign an agreement and one of the first in the nation to support the Telehealth initiative. The national program uses electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, and patient and professional health-related education for veterans. SRU has VA Telehealth connections in the Student Health Center and the Student Veterans' Center in the Smith Student Center.

"In the upcoming video, to be shown during the convention, I outline the relationship with Slippery Rock University and other schools and tell how the program is working out," he said. "The more people that know about the service, the better for everyone involved."

The convention will include organizational meetings, workshops and the chance for veterans to network.

MEDIA CONTACT: Karl Schwab | 724.738.2199 | karl.schwab@sru.edu