Special Funding Obtained To Help Veterans
State Senator Patty Ritchie (R. - 48th District) announced Thursday that she has secured $185,000 in special funding to help veterans in Jefferson County who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related illnesses.
The funding will be split evenly between two local support programs offering peer-to-peer support activities:
- the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans
- the River Community Wellness Program
The PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans is named for an Army soldier from New York who enlisted following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and who took his own life after returning home from Iraq.
The Jefferson County branch of the program, which is located on State Street, provides "peer-to-peer" counseling between veterans who personally understand the effects of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Established earlier this year, River Hospital's "River Community Wellness Program," located in Alexandria Bay, provides intensive outpatient mental health services to troops, including group therapy and peer to peer group counseling.
See Ritchie's news release