PFC Joseph P. Dwyer was an Iraq combat medic that returned from the war with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a brain injury (TBI). Because many veterans live with the side effects of PTSD and TBI, it became clear that a program was needed to provide peer-to-peer support to these heroes.
The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program was created as a part of the 2012-2013 NY State budget to help veterans meet with other veterans in a secure, comfortable atmosphere to help eash other cope with the effects of PTSD & TBI. The Vet-to-Vet approach of the program allows for complete anonymity withour fear of reprisal. The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran’s Peer to Peer Programs goal is to link Veterans together for socialization and friendship. This program utilized peer support from those who can relate to the struggles of transitioning into civilian life.
The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program is supported by a Veteran Advisory Board consisting of representatives from various military service organizations. Services are free and confidential.
The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program is operated through BRIDGES and supported by the Rockland County Departments of Mental Health and Veteran Services Agency. BRIDGES is an Independent Living Center with a mission to provide advocacy and leadership toward an accessible, integrated community, promoting health and autonomy for people with disabilities.