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Posted on: May 24, 2023

Councilwoman Bonner Celebrates Life of PFC Joseph P. Dwyer at 2nd Annual PTSD Memorial 5K Run

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Farmingville, NY –  On May 21, Councilwoman Jane Bonner was on-hand to kick-off the 2nd Annual Joseph P. Dwyer PTSD Memorial 5K Run in Rocky Point. The annual event is held to honor the memory of Iraq War hero Joseph P. Dwyer from Mount Sinai. The Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project is a peer-to-peer program for veterans who are facing the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Launched in 2012 as a pilot partnership between the Suffolk County United Veterans program and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency, the Dwyer Project takes a confidential, one-on-one, peer-to-peer approach that has rapidly captured the attention and support of both veterans and mental health professionals statewide and across the nation. The program has steadily demonstrated that the peer-to-peer model holds tremendous, untapped value as a tool for helping Veterans transition and reintegrate back into civilian life. Pictured at left are Councilwoman Jane Bonner (left) and Rocky Point VFW Post 6249 Commander Joe Cognitore (right). Pictured at right are runners at the starting line.

To learn more about the Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project, go to

Jane Bonner and Joe CognitoreParticipants running

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