Two north country groups will be splitting $185,000 to help active duty military and veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other combat related illnesses.

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R. - 48th District) announced Tuesday that she secured the funding.

The money will be split between Watertown's VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center, an organization running the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, and Alexandria Bay's River Community Wellness Program, based at River Hospital.

The funding builds upon $185,000 in aid secured last year by Senator Ritchie to support both the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans and the River Community Wellness Program.

According to experts, PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster.

Recent studies have shown that between 6 percent and 12.5 percent of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD, and 62 percent have received some level of mental health care after coming home.

See Ritchie's news release