Skip to main content

The SERV Program

Home  National News  About Us  Contact Us  Site Map  Peer Support is Coming to  SERV Program Calendar  The SERV NOSHIC Partnersh  Cleveland VA Mental Healt   
                                                                                                                                                 THE SERV PROGRAM


 The U.S. House of Representatives Approves Funds for US Bases Chemical Review 

According to the Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's newsletter. The U.S. House of Representatives on July 27, 2017 unanimously adopted an amendment written by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) appropriating $7 million to launch a national health impact study of sites like Camp Lejeune Marine Base affected by the U.S. military’s historic use of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).

“I’m pleased that I was able to secure a $7 million appropriation to launch a much-needed national health impact study,” said Shea-Porter. “Our service men and women, veterans, and other constituents who have been exposed to perfluorinated chemicals deserve answers on both the short- and long-term health impacts of these contaminants.”

The bipartisan Shea-Porter amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Paul Cook (R-CA), Bill Keating (D-MA), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), and Rick Larsen (D-WA).

Passage of the Shea-Porter amendment follows the July 18th letter she led a group of bipartisan colleagues in sending to House appropriators detailing the scope of PFC contamination and urging them to support appropriating funds to launch a study. 

It is our hope that the study will be expanded to include the use, storage and removal of other volatile organic compounds.


The term “Combined arms” is a military term often associated with assaults, ambushes and other dramatic actions, but for the families and friends of the 837th Engineers Company out of Lorain, Ohio, not so much.  The hometown definition is quit different.  “Combined arms” simply means that we will combine all our efforts to ensure that ALL of our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and family have all that is needed to return home safe and sound, and to that end the Family Readiness Group for the 837th Engineers had a benefit party and dance at the Stadium Bar and Grill at 8330 Tyler Rd. Blvd, Mentor, Ohio 44060 (440.205.4745). 

All proceeds from this benefit were used to furnish personal care items of the deployed troops.  For more information contact the SERV program at 216.481.8486.  



This is a reprint of an article from the Journal of Rehabilitation.

Crowder et al (2010) presented results of a study conducted by the national VA Supported Education Standards Work-group to identify and describe pilot supported education projects being implemented by local VA medical centers in coordination with colleges and universities, and directly by VA Compensated Work Therapy programs.  Project SERV (Supportive Education for the Returning Veterans) has worked with local VA clinicians to develop a non-residential learning community of full-time, general education (for credit), self-contained cohort classes for the first semester, followed by phased-in mainstreamed classes thereafter.  This model is analogous to “freshman interest group” learning communities that are becoming increasingly common for traditional college students on 4-year and university campuses (Golde & Pribbenow, 2000),  Project SERV, which started at Cleveland University, Ohio has now expanded to Youngstown State College, Ohio, and the University of Arizona, and involves VA clinicians as adjunct co-instructors with regular college faculty (Cleveland University, n.d.).  They report increased retention in college and increased grade point averages among participants (Crowder, 2010).


In addition to these enhancements of supportive services for student veterans, some programs are explicily building on the evidence base in supported education.  They have been initiated within a few VA programs and by universities.