By Eden Laikin
Peer-to-peer support group meetings for veterans start at two locations in Nassau County the week of Oct. 7, County Executive Ed Mangano announced.
Nassau joins 11 other counties in NYS in bringing “Vet2Vet” Peer Networking Groups to the County. The meetings are state-funded and hosted by the Veterans Health Alliance.
Vet2Vet is a nationwide model of veteran peer support, developed by a decorated Vietnam Veteran named Moe Armstrong. The Nassau County Vet2Vet Groups will be small groups of veterans, meeting in anonymity, to provide each other with mutual support, encouragement and resources.
The first two meeting locations and dates are:
Mondays 5:15 p.m. at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, 16 Main St. in Hempstead. (Park in municipal lot across the street. Use the side parking lot side entrance closet to the gated area)
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. at the North Massapequa Community Center, 214 North Albany Ave. in Massapequa
“So, if you’re seeking a connection with your fellow Nassau County Veterans; looking for the support of buddies to overcome personal challenges; looking to achieve greater heights in your career or personal life or just want to continue your “service” by reaching out to fellow veterans in need – visit one of these groups,” County Executive Mangano said,
Groups will maintain confidentiality, and are open to veterans of all generations, regardless of discharge status.
More meetings will soon be scheduled in different parts of the County, at various times for ease of access. Groups will be co-facilitated by a diverse team of fellow veterans who have been trained in providing veteran peer support.
For more information about Nassau County Vet2Vet Peer Networking groups please contact John Javis (516) 489-2322 ext. 1101, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff McQueen (516) 489-2322 ext. 1202 email@example.com, or go to our website: www.veteranshealthalliance.net.
The Vet-2Vet project is co-sponsored by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services, and is funded by the New York State Senate and the New York State Office of Mental Health.