Westchester Officials To Announce Veterans Counseling Expansion

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Westchester officials will join together in Ossining Thursday to announce an expansion of a state program that will bring counseling and assistance to military veterans.
Westchester officials will join together in Ossining Thursday to announce an expansion of a state program that will bring counseling and assistance to military veterans. Photo Credit: Courtesy Ossining American Legion Post 506

OSSINING, N.Y. – State Senators, county officials and veterans groups will join in Ossining on Thursday to announce the expansion of a new program aimed at assisting veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Westchester.

The Dwyer Program, named after PFC Joseph Dwyer, provides for peer-to-peer counseling between veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.  The state recently accepted the expansion as part of its 2013-14 budget. Last year, the program operated in Suffolk, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Jefferson counties. With the expansion, the Dwyer Program will be available in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.

State Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland, Ossining) and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will be joined by Chairman and State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C,I-Patterson) and several other local representatives at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ossining American Legion Post 506 at 58 S. Highland Ave. to announce details of the expansion.

“With the rising number of returning veterans suffering from ailments like traumatic brain injury, we must do everything in our power to give our returning troops the services and programs that they need,” said Ball in a press release.  “The expansion of the Dwyer program to Putnam, Westchester and other counties in the state will allow even more veterans to receive these services to help them transition back into civilian life.”

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you are absolutely right Nam Vet and I apologize for the omission,I sure don't want to offend ANY servive person.My daughter retired from the Navy and I thank her to.Sorry ooooops

@angel125 don't forget to thank the women. They also serve.

The program has also expanded to Nassau, Erie, Onondaga and Orange Counties.

@angel125, this is for ALL Veterans! Thank you to NYS Senator Lee Zeldin who was the driving force behind this important Legislation http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/zeldin-announces-expansion-pfc-joseph-dwyer-ptsd-peer-peer-veterans-counseling-program

It is good that everyone is doing for the returning vets,but please dont forget the vets that have fought in WW2,Korean and viet nam.They need the help to.THANK YOU GENTLEMEN FOR YOUR SERVICE!