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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.

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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 4/12 to 4/16/2021)

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April 12, 14, 16 (M, W & F) MEDITATION from 9am to 9:30 am. Class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Instructor Brett Cotter has 20 years experience. To participate download “Ring Central Meetings” app to your cell phone or meeting program onto your PC or laptop by clicking on website: https://www.ringcentral.com/apps/rc-meetings. It’s free & similar to Zoom. Meeting ID: 582 811 3947 Or Join from any browser: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join


GENTLE YOGA. April 12th (Monday) from 11 AM- 12PM. April 13th (Tuesday) 5PM-6PM 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 or have any questions, please contact Izzy Quintana at iquintana@vettovetrc.org.

 

April 12th  (Mondays) from 6:30 – 8:00 pm online VETERANS WRITING WORKSHOP via Zoom. Led by David Surface founder & instructor of VWW with over 20 years of experience teaching writing at all levels. Offers veterans a chance to tell their stories and put their memories into words. If interested in attending or have any questions, contact Sharon Bailey at sbailey@vettovetrc.org

 

VETERANS WALKING CLUB at PALISADES CENTER.
April 14th  (Wednesday) Meet in front of BRIDGES located on the 2nd Floor. The Mall stores and businesses open at 11am. Masks are required while in the mall. 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!
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April 15th (Thursday) from 9-10 am. QIGONG (Ancient Chinese Exercise). Gentle meditative exercises based on the cultivation and refinement of Universal Life Energy known as Qi. Practicing this exercise reduces pain, stress and anxiety, improves physical fitness and improves immune function and vitality. Instructor Norman Galinsky, MFA has over 36 years experience in the art. If interested in attending or have questions, contact Izzy Quintana at email iquintana@vettovetrc.org

 

April 15th (Thursday) from 4 – 5pm TAPPING aka Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
We’ll teach you to simply use your own fingertips to tap upon just a few of the body’s acupressure points, while focused upon an issue you’d like to change for the better. It’s a fast way to feel better. Helps relieve stress & reduce anxiety..
Zoom Meeting ID: 840 3076 8233 Passcode: 687384 or click
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84030768233pwd=VnRGY1piMnVqSVZXZG96T3lKWTNaQT09

 

April 15th (Thursday) 8 to 9:30 pm virtual via Zoom. WOMEN VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP.Led by Sharon Bailey, LCSW. Come get some self care and join in via Zoom by clicking on: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83766700598?pwd=RlVMTHFQYlVVNGFHdmJLVUcvQ3JNQT09
Contact Veteran Outreach Coordinator Sharon Bailey at sbailey@vettovetrc.org for more info.

 

Weekly Support Group Sessions


WELLNESS & RECOVERY VETERAN & FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT GROUP – Every Monday 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 – Every Tuesday from 10 am to 11:30 am via conference call. Session is led by Veteran Outreach Coordinator Flore Raphael. Geared for Vets who have taken the Military Behavioral Health Course .Dial in # 701-802-5101, Passcode 486179 #.