About the Program
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History of the program –JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERANS PEER SUPPORT PROJECT – NY STATE Senate-funded initiative: Named to honor the memory of an Iraq war hero from Mount Sinai, NY. US Iraq war hero Joseph Dwyer (age 31) dies of apparent drugs overdose. A US army medic who became a symbol of American heroism and integrity in the Iraq war has died of an apparent drugs overdose. For years, he struggled against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, unemployment and marital breakdown.
The Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project is a peer-to-peer program for Veterans facing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Launched in 2012 as a pilot partnership between our Suffolk County United Veterans program and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency, the Dwyer Project takes a confidential, one-on-one, peer-to-peer approach that has rapidly captured the attention and support of both veterans and mental health professionals statewide and across the nation.
The program has steadily demonstrated that the peer-to-peer model holds tremendous, untapped value as a tool for helping Veterans transition and reintegrate back into civilian life. (Currently about 23 counties across the state of New York)