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Rockland County Vets Counseling Center Receives Entergy Grant

Rockland Independent Living Center has received a grant for its veterans peer counseling program.
Rockland Independent Living Center has received a grant for its veterans peer counseling program. Photo Credit: Facebook

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- Rockland Independent Living Center has received a $15,000 grant from Entergy Nuclear North for the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Counseling Program.

The program provides peer counseling and other support to veterans who need assistance due to post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.

“The treatment and support for veterans returning to civilian life with primarily physical injuries is challenging but relatively straightforward. It is much harder to identify and support veterans with invisible wounds from trauma,” said Lorraine Greenwell, deputy executive director for the center.

She added, "Alarming numbers of those suffering with PTSD are unemployed, isolated, homeless or suicidal. As a peer-led agency for persons with disabilities, training and supporting peer mentors is integral to RILC’s programs. This type of program has been found to be a promising strategy for helping veterans in need, especially those who have experienced combat.”

The mission of the Rockland Independent Living Center is to provide advocacy and leadership in the creation and development of an accessible and integrated community for people with disabilities so that they may pursue lifestyles of their choice.

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