U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin from Long Island says the federal government needs to provide a peer-to-peer counseling program for veterans with mental health challenges.
Zeldin urged the House Committee on Veteran Affairs this week to expand a New York State program nationwide after he saw its success at home.
“My home county – Suffolk County – served as one of four test counties in New York, and since then, with the love and hard work of so many exceptional men and women locally, the program has successfully expanded to over 20 counties across New York, saving lives and assisting tens of thousands of New York veterans battling PTSD and TBI.”
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that 20 veterans die by suicide every day due to challenges like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project helps Suffolk County veterans have a successful transition to post-service life.