Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County, Logo PFC Joseph P. Dwyer
Vet 2 Vet Program
of Putnam County

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Peer Networking Services for Veterans and Armed Forces
Our mission is to assist all veterans of Putnam County and their families through free confidential and anonymous vet-to-vet outreach programs.

About Joseph Dwyer

Services for Veterans, Run By Veterans

Our approach is best defined by New York State (NYS) Senator and veteran Lee Zeldin, "It is not always easy for family and friends to understand the demons haunting some of our soldiers when they return from combat. The value of the Dwyer Program lies in the unique Vet-to-Vet approach that connects our returning soldiers with those who can relate and who can draw from their own experiences to help one another cope."

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This is a peer-to-peer program, regardless of discharge. We provide support services and peer counseling to all veterans of all eras without restrictions. Come to us for a safe place to connect, or you can support our cause through one of our many mentoring jobs, volunteer opportunities, or with your donations.

Veteran Programs

We can never repay the service veterans provided our country, which is why we honor them through multiple events and support their rehabilitation into civilian life through various services. Our vet-to-vet program provides a form of mental health counseling in that we help veterans share their stories.

Ongoing Events

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Call our Warm Line Staffed by Veterans 24 hrs a day

Just Call (914) 519-8097

Are you in crisis? call veterans crisis line
1 (800) 273-8255 press 1


About Us

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Outreach Program of Putnam County is named in honor of Private First Class Joseph Patrick Dwyer. PFC Dwyer was an Army Medic who served in Iraq and subsequently passed away after a long battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This veteran services project is administered through the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Health, locally through the Mental Health Association of Putnam County and the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency. This program has no restriction on discharge status or service dates.

Created in his honor, the Dwyer Program was initially launched in the counties of Suffolk, Jefferson, Saratoga, and Rensselaer, and has since expanded to more than 16 counties in New York State. Since the program started, we have helped over 1,500 veterans from NYS who are battling PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). If you would like to get involved, please contact Putnum County Coordinator  John Bourges.

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Thank you for your interest. Please reach out with questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.

(877) 331-7526

Service Area
New York, NY / Putnam County

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