Since 2012, MHEP has been providing peer support for veterans through Heroes at Home: PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans and Families in Rensselaer County. FC Joseph Dwyer was an Army Medic who enlisted days after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, like many veterans from OEF/OIF conflicts and dating back to World War II and the Vietnam War, PFC Dwyer returned home with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression compounded by substance abuse. Friends and family reported a downward spiral including legal problems and trouble in his marriage. PFC Dwyer sought treatment but was overcome by the experiences he had in Iraq and the subsequent psychological wounds of war. He died from an overdose on June 28, 2008 in his home in Pinehurst, NC.
Heroes at Home provides one-to-one peer support for Veterans and family members. Veterans and their families often experience post-deployment challenges related to the physical and psychological effects of combat, reintegration and adjusting to civilian life. Heroes at Home also organizes social and recreational activites for veterans and families, and partners with other veteran groups throughout the capital district to help connect veterans with the community. Meeting with a peer who shares your experiences and particpipating in community events can often help to reduce stress and social isolation, can provide support in accessing community-based resources, and enhances cognitive and social functioning.
If you are interested in learning more about our peer support program, call 518.545.6781 or 518.279.7861.
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