SUNY Adirondack Expands Veterans Program in Warren Counties, Washington | Local

Warren and Washington counties are working with SUNY Adirondack to expand a program that provides free services to veterans.

Warren County has contracted with SUNY Adirondack to operate Adirondack Peer Support Services: A PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Project.

The program is named after New York and the US Army Medic Pfc. Joseph P. Dwyer. He risked his life to help an injured child in Iraq and battled post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse upon returning home, according to a press release.

To expand the program, Warren County program administrators wanted to work with an entity that would provide more resources to veterans throughout the region.

Adirondack Peer-to-Peer Support Services is a New York State Senate-funded initiative for veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, as well as the challenges that accompany these conditions.

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Under a grant agreement with SUNY Adirondack, the program uses a peer-to-peer approach to help veterans in Warren and Washington counties.

According to a press release, SUNY Adirondack was awarded the contract through a competitive “request for proposals” process.

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Taylor Testa, director of student engagement and diversity initiatives at the college, who is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said transitioning from military to civilian life is one of the challenges the toughest things a veteran faces.

“Going from having a clear purpose with a tight social support system in the form of fellow soldiers to having to find new purpose, new meaning and a new sense of belonging is incredibly daunting and isolating,” he said. declared.

Warren and Washington counties are among 25 counties in the state that have implemented such a program. More information about the program can be found at

The objectives of the SUNY Adirondack program operators are:

  • Hire a program coordinator who will work out of the Randles Veteran Resource Center on the SUNY Adirondack campus and to local county veterans.
  • Have the program coordinator develop a list of veteran peers who are willing to help with the program and create an engagement plan that has a holistic perspective of veteran populations in Warren and Washington counties.
  • Compile clinical resources in our counties to connect veterans in need and develop relationships/partnerships with these resources.
  • Implement the Engagement Plan by delivering programs that benefit diverse veteran populations, building community, and connecting veterans to the services they need to successfully transition to the civilian world and meet their mental health needs.

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