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MHA Dutchess Veterans Programs

Are you or a family member a veteran in Dutchess County suffering from PTSD, suicidal thoughts, TBI, depression, addiction or other mental health issues? Do you need help and aren’t sure where to turn?

We are committed to helping you set personal recovery goals and then get there, whether it’s by making a plan, developing the skills you need, or just giving you support along the way.



Vet2Vet is funded by the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans’ Peer Services Project. Services include support groups, social activities, assistance in finding housing and/or employment for homeless veterans, advocacy for benefits, and much more:

  • Emotional support
  • Educational information
  • Referrals to useful services
  • Information around Support Groups, and Social Events
  • Advocacy
  • Short-term care management

Programs for Veterans


MHA’S Housing, Employment, Reintegration and Outreach Program (HERO) is a way for Dutchess County veterans and their families that are either homeless or facing homelessness to have an advocate and a resource in the county they live in. There are funds available for emergency housing, which can be used if necessary to keep our veteran families safe and sleeping with a roof over their heads. To date, HERO. has taken many homeless veterans away from street homelessness to stable housing status and has kept others from becoming homeless. Some of these had families as well. We have helped many to find employment and even assisted with obtaining reliable transportation to help them get back and forth from work and medical appointments. We have also helped them to get their benefit claims back on track and have advised them on how to access their education benefits as well. This initiative is funded by Dutchess County.


The Veterans Employment Training & Transitions Assistance Program (VET-TAP) assists Dutchess County Veterans in all aspects of employment, including resume building, job hunting, job applications, interview preparation, etc. The program also offers local Veterans to gain licenses and certifications in various fields, to broaden their employment marketability. Additionally, VET-TAP can assist in building resumes and cover letters, to help in preparation for job applications. The goal of VET-TAP is to curb veteran homelessness through meaningful employment. VET-TAP, a federally funded program, works hand-in-hand with Vet2Vet’s H.E.R.O. Program for housing assistance.

SSG Fox SPGP Program

SSG Fox SPGP a variety of suicide prevention services that include Screenings and referrals to VA and assistance with VA benefits, Equine Therapy Program, Art Therapy Program, Music Therapy Program, Temporary Income Support Assistance, and a tie-in to other Mental Health America of Dutchess County Veterans Programs.

Weekend 4 Warriors

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What is the program like?

The whole program is for veterans, by veterans. Our program leaders are combat veterans themselves, and they have years of experience helping others heal.

First, you’ll meet with a program leader to make a plan. After that, how you move forward will depend on your situation. Generally, you and/or your family will be interacting with other vets and their families.

The goal is to give you the opportunity to get out and enjoy the world. Join us for some healing through simple fun, all in the company of other veterans and their families who are facing similar challenges. Click here for more info.

Our Vet2Vet support groups are a safe place where you can listen, share, and spend time with people who know what you’re going through. Together, we aim to help everyone feel heard and share ways to build a thriving life! Click here for more info.

In the news – check out Spectrum New’s latest on our “Veterans One Stop” 

How do I access it?

Please call 845-473-2500 ext. 1367 to make an appointment. No referral is necessary. Support is available to all veterans, regardless of era, discharge date, type of discharge or dependency status. Also come check us out at our upcoming events below.



Veterans Community Calendar

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To add an event – click here!

Alyssa Carrion

Director of Veterans Programs

Sharone Fuller

HERO Program Manager

Gloria Dietz

Program Manager, SSG Fox SPGP

Joseph Horesky

Vet-TAP Program Manager

Julio Ronda

Veterans Program Specialist

Tyler Mendelson

Program Specialist, SSG Fox SPGP

Victor Zamaloff

Vet TAP Program Specialist

Brandie LaCasse

Vet2Vet Crisis Counselor

Yulisbeth Reyes

Peer Specialist SSG Fox SPGP

Sylvia Astrologo

Administrative Assistant Veterans Program

Get in Touch

1335 Route 44, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569


Ext 1367

How Can I Join?

Email [email protected] or Call 845-473-2500 x1367 to make an appointment. No referral is necessary.


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