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To the editor,
One of the compelling reasons to re-elect state Sen. Sue Serino is her unflagging support for veterans.
Thanks to her concerns about the suicide rate and PTSD maladies affecting many veterans returning from the Middle East, last year she succeeded in securing a $185,000 Dwyer state grant to bolster mental health counseling for Dutchess County veterans. Named after PFC Joseph Dwyer — a U.S Army soldier who served in the Middle East and subsequently died as a result of drug abuse and depression stemming from PTSD — the grant has created a peer-to-peer support program here in Dutchess County.
Directed by the Division of Veterans Services, the Dwyer Program counsels veterans who are undergoing combat-related mental health issues and often suffering in silence. Spearheading the program are experienced veterans who understand and are able to relate to the stresses of war.
Consequently, because of their personal military experiences, these counselors are able to successfully interact with afflicted veterans and their families, and direct them to available federal, state and county support services.
Thanks to her initiative, diligence and knowhow, Serino has proven to be an energetic, powerful and effective voice in Albany. I believe she has earned the respect and support of Dutchess County voters, and fully deserves reelection to the Senate.