Dwyer Project: Veteran Peer Support
In-person Veteran peer mentors may not be available everywhere and some people may not feel comfortable seeking in-person help. On-line peer group discussion is an alternative to those seeking help with transition and reintegration. Post-traumatic stress is the signature wound of Post 9/11 combat service. On-line Peer Mentors through the Dwyer Project are all Veterans who’ve served and understand the needs of those who have supported and defended during all eras, any branch, and regardless of discharge status. All groups are confidential and anonymous in a safe, trusting environment. Topics will rotate each week – groups last 90 minutes. No more than eight (8) members to a group each week allow enough time for members to share as much or as little as they want.
“Dwyer Project is starting its 4th year of serving Veterans, service members, and their families with post-service transitional issues to include PTSD and TBI. The partnership with Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency and the Association for Mental Health and Wellness highlights the immeasurable importance of relationships in the community. Models of community based peer groups are emerging as an adjunct to clinical treatment options, especially for veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress. Leveraging the military cultural values of trust, respect, perseverance, and self-reliance provide an opportunity for healthy reintegration through peer interaction.
Over 500 veterans have been served in peer group, while another 500 were reached through individual peer mentorship. Thousands have had the opportunity to learn about program initiatives through various community events. Impact of the Dwyer Project has minimized hospitalizations, sustained families, secured gainful employment, prevented homelessness, promoted daily health and wellness, and educated the civilian community as to the needs of our veterans. The success Dwyer Project has measured in its first 3-years of program development has saved lives. Our goal is to continue honoring those who’ve served by promoting a purposeful lifestyle as they transition into productive members of our community. “
Marcelle Leis, Program Director (2-8-16)
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