Do You know a veteran who is homeless in Suffolk County? We may be able to help!
Call us at 1-877-284-8387 or call Wilkens (631) 484-9725
The Suffolk County United Veterans Project, Inc. (SCUVP) was founded in 1989 to assist homeless veterans regain their dignity and independence. Residents are former members of the military who struggle with the problems of substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and who have not been able to succeed in any alternate form of treatment.
Suffolk County's Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans PTSD Peer Support Project
The Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans PTSD Peer Support Project began operations in January with four groups attracting 30 Veterans in four sites. In February, the project expects to expand to eight groups all in different sites across Suffolk County. Group meeting sites will include Bellport, Yaphank, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Huntington, Brentwood, Stony Brook, and Riverhead.
The Dwyer Project was made possible by NYS Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Bohemia) who generated bi-partisan support in the Senate in FY 2012 to commence a demonstration project in four NY State counties that would intervene on the damaging and costly impact of post-traumatic stress disorder among new and past Veterans. In Suffolk, the Project is overseen by the County’s Veteran Service Agency and operated by Suffolk County United Veterans. SCUV’s Shelter Director Wilkens Young co-facilitates two groups, one in Yaphank and another in Bellport.
Support groups are facilitated by Veterans who have been selected and trained by Moe Armstrong, founder of a national Veterans Peer support group called Vet-to-Vet, an organization that has served thousands of Veterans across the country since 1998 with an evidence-based model of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder intervention. Facilitators are a diverse group with respect to gender, ethnicity, and era and branch of military service in hopes that the support groups will attract the maximum number of Veterans.
Suffolk County is home to the largest population of veterans in New York State, and has one of the largest veterans’ populations of any county in the United States. Long Island is home to nearly 160,000 Veterans with many more expected to return soon with President Obama’s plans to scale down our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Studies of returning Veterans have shown that nearly 20% are impacted by PTSD and other behavioral health disorders, a figure that rises significantly among soldiers who have served multiple deployments.
KICK STANDS UP MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
JULY 14TH FROM 11AM TO 4PM
VFW Post 4927, 31 Horseblock Road, Centereach
We are an independent organization with no connection to the United States Veterans Administration. The Suffolk County United Veterans Project, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) organization and all donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent of applicable laws.