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.
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.
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.
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.
This program is available to all Veterans involved in the justice system. All are welcome regardless of service dates, discharge status or dependency status. The program is free and confidential.
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May 2, 4, and 6 (M, W & F) MEDITATION - 9-9:30 am. Class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety with experienced Instructor Brett Cotter (Stress is Gone Founder and Author). Online virtual event you can experience via Zoom. Meeting ID 983 8404 0455; Passcode: join. Click here for link:
May 2 (Monday) from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm - “CARRY THE LOAD” at Congers Station Park, Congers, New York. Rally for Carry the Load's mission is to provide an active way to connect Americans to the sacrifices made by our nation’s military, veterans, first responders and their
families. It is a great family friendly patriotic event that includes a march with the relay team, ceremonies, a free BBQ, music, and more. For more information or to register to walk as part of the relay team click here:
https://www.carrytheload.org/site/DocServerCongers__New_York_2022.docx.pdf Join us while we honor and pay tribute to our Community's hero’s that "Carry the Load", BRIDGES is supplying the food, snacks and beverages. Come and visit our DWYER "VettoVet" informational
table which will have neat & useful Dwyer swag items
May 4 (Wednesday) at 9:30 am VETERANS WALKING CLUB at PALISADES CENTER. Meet in front of BRIDGES, 2nd Floor, next door to Autobahn Indoor Speedway. We will walk between 45 minutes to an hour. Join fast pace group, slow pace group or walk at your own pace for however long you want. It’s cold outside and the mall offers us a nice warm indoor venue where we can gather together and get some fitness and exercise while we get walking!
May 4 (Wednesday) 7-8 pm & again on the May 8 (Sunday) 10-11:15 am GENTLE YOGA. Virtual session via Zoom. Yoga is extremely beneficial for your physical and mental health. Our Instructor Mira Stangl is a 500 hour Yoga-Alliance Certified Teacher With Extensive Training in PTSD and Restorative Yoga. If interested in attending email email@example.com.
May 5 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org