Program Which Helps Soldiers Celebrates Milestone

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Wednesday marked a milestone for a new way of treating soldiers who need help after they return from deployment.

The Wellness Program at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay turned one year old.

The one-of-a-kind program treats soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or other emotional problems. 

It's unique because it combines inpatient care with intensive therapy including group and individual sessions and art therapy, where soldiers create artwork as an outlet for their feelings.

"The word is starting to get out at Fort Drum from soldier to soldier that this is a good place to be so we started with five soldiers and right now we're at 25," said Dr. Cynthia Maguire, program psychologist.

Dr. Maguire expects the program to grow to 30 soldiers before long and she says many of them have improved dramatically during their treatment.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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