Peer Mentoring services recognizes the importance of having peer support from someone who has been through similar situations and “gets it”.
Thanks to the support of the New York State Legislature and Erie County through the PFC Joseph Dwyer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Peer to Peer Counseling Program, we receive support for the Peer Mentoring services our partners at Compeer of Greater Buffalo and Mental Health Association of Erie County provide, including the Vet2Vet Mentoring program and Operation COM (Children of the Military).
The impact and importance of the program in the words of our local state Senators:
Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I-60): “Since the founding of this great country, our veterans have been the backbone for our freedoms. In this day, we now know more about the physical and especially the mental toll serving in our Armed Forces has on the individual. When our veterans return home we need programs like the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer to Peer Counseling Program set up in our counties to ensure that every veteran who needs access to help has that access as readily available as possible.”
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst): “We know that many of our returning service members can experience nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling detached when they come home and try to go back to their previous routines and lives. Now that the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Counseling Program has been enacted as part of the 2013-14 State Budget, these veterans will be provided with a way to discuss day-to-day problems with other veterans who have been through the same kind of trauma. It gives veterans a sense of connection to other people again and helps them cope with difficult memories. It will now be an added resource for any veteran in Erie County who wishes to use it.”
Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma): “We are learning more and more every day; that for the brave men and women who serve this country, the battle doesn’t end when they return home to American soil. For many, the psychological and emotional impacts of war have long lasting and devastating effects on their mental health and their ability to lead well-adjusted lives. The PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Counseling Program has made great strides for New York’s veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am excited to see this valuable program expanded to Western New York and across the state.”
For more information about PFC Dwyer, visit this New York Times article.
Peer mentoring will be embedded within the core program areas and ultimately permeate all components of the Center’s service delivery system.