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The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program is named in honor of Joseph P. Dwyer, a US Army Medic in the Iraq War who, in the earliest days of the invasion in 2003, was pictured cradling a wounded boy while his unit was fighting its way up the Euphrates to Baghdad. PFC Dwyer’s post-war struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulted in his untimely and tragic death in 2008.

 

The Dwyer Program was created by then-New York State Senator Lee Zeldin, now a congressman representing New York State’s 1st District.  It began in Suffolk County and quickly expanded to almost half the counties in the state. Zeldin served four years in the Army active duty, deployed in 2006 to Tikrit, Iraq. Beginning in 2012, the Program now offers peer to peer counseling for Veterans suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and any Veteran looking to reintegrate into civilian society.

Why is funding for Veteran support services important?

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Veterans Benefits Counseling is provided at no cost by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.

PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Services

The Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program is operated through BRIDGES and supported by the Rockland County Department of Mental Health and Rockland County Veteran Service Agency. The Program provides Vet-to-Vet support among Veterans, trained in military behavioral health, who personally understand the effects of PTSD and TBI. This program is available to all Veterans, members of the Armed Forces, Guard, Reserves, and their families.  All are welcome regardless of service dates, discharge status or dependency status. The program is free and confidential.

Military Behavioral Health Peer Services Training

In support of the Dwyer program, BRIDGES offers a 15-hour training in Military Behavioral Health for Veterans, Family Members and Professionals working with Veterans.  The course provides essential information on military culture, pharmacology, recovery, service of military families and various aspects of trauma, with a special focus on military sexual trauma, PTSD and TBI.

Veteran Accessible Transportation Services

BRIDGES offers Veterans with disabilities door to door transportation to and from the Veteran Health Centers in Montrose, NY and Castle Point, NY.
Any Veteran interested in this service should call 845-624-1366, ext .102 for more information.
Transportation is free of charge, however BRIDGES does request and accept donations to help support and maintain these services for our Veteran community.

Veteran Accessible Transportation Services

BRIDGES offers Veterans with disabilities door to door transportation to and from the Veteran Health Centers in Montrose, NY and Castle Point, NY.
Any Veteran interested in this service should call 845-624-1366, ext .102 for more information.
Transportation is free of charge, however BRIDGES does request and accept donations to help support and maintain these services for our Veteran community.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

(Week of 10/11 to 10/15/2021)

View entire events calendar here

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Join us on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Rockland State Park or you can run, jog, walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill or at the gym. You get to run your own race, together with BRIDGES or at your own pace, on your own or with friends and family. All the while supporting BRIDGES PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program. Register here 

October 11, 13, 15(M, W & F) MEDITATION from 9 am to 9:30 am. Class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Instructor Brett Cotter has 20 years experience. Participate via Zoom. Meeting ID: 85372435437 Passcode: 204526 or click here for link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9838404045pwd=djE3VGhUTDJzRU1HMEJ6bnJxa3E2QT09

 

VETERANS WALKING CLUB at PALISADES CENTER.
October 13 (Wednesday) at 9:30AM Meet in front of BRIDGES located on the 2nd Floor. The Mall  at 9:30AM. Masks are required while in the mall, if not vaccinated. We will walk between 45 minutes to an hour. Join fast pace group, slow pace group or walk at your own pace. Just get walking!

 

 

October 13 (Wednesday) 7-8 pm and again on the October 15 (Friday) 7-8 pm GENTLE YOGA. Virtual session via Zoom. Yoga is extremely beneficial for your physical and mental health. Instructor Mira Stangl is a 500 hour Yoga-Alliance Certified Teacher With Extensive Training in PTSD and Restorative Yoga. If interested in attending email iquintana@vettovetrc.org.

 

October 14 (Thursday) from 9-10 am. QIGONG (Ancient Chinese Exercise). Gentle meditative exercises based on Universal Life Energy known as Qi. Reduces pain, stress & anxiety. Instructor Norman Galinsky, has 36 years experience in the art. POC: iquintana@vettovetrc.org

October 14th (Thursday) 7 to 8:30 pm virtual via Zoom. WOMEN VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP Led by Sharon Bailey, LCSW. Put the kids to bed and come get some self care. Join online via Zoom, Meeting ID: 842 2350 8019 Passcode: 648117 or by clicking on: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84223508019pwd=YWM1aDNuTEtPZFRmbHJLdThlNTFMUT09

October 15 (Friday) at 10:00am HIKING WITH VETS at MacMillan Reservoir Loop. We’ll guide you along the path through the woods. Folks wanting an easy walk can just stroll along and enjoy the
beautiful views of nature. If planning to go contact Outreach Coordinator Carolyn Fugate to ensure we order enough food for lunch. Carolyn can be reached at email cfugate@vettovetrc.org or cell phone 845-521-9440. Take N.J. Route 17 to U.S. Route 202 in Mahwah. Proceed south on Route
202 for two miles, then turn right into the Ramapo Valley County Reservation parking area (608 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah NJ). Click for Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/mV6i7QtpiEd4kgYH9

 

Weekly Support Group Sessions


WELLNESS & RECOVERY VETERAN & FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT GROUP– Second Monday (September 13) from 2 pm to 4 pm via conference call. Session is led by Sharon Bailey. LCSW. You can call in with your name or stay anonymous. Dial in # 425-436-6393, Passcode 114029 #.


VETERAN & MENTOR SUPPORT GROUP– Last Tuesday of each month (September 28th) from 10 am to 11:30 am via conference call. Session is led by Veteran Outreach Coordinator Flore Raphael. Geared for Vets of every era who have taken the Military Behavioral Health Course .Dial in # 701-802-5101, Passcode 486179 #.

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