BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- On the day before Veterans Day, New York State Senator Fred Akshar announced funding for a "peer-to-peer" veterans support program.
Sen. Akshar joined local veterans on the concourse of the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena to announce an expansion in funding for Clear Path for Veterans Southern Tier. Akshar said the funding will allow to expand its services to Tioga and Chenango counties.
According to the senator's office, $120,000 was secured in 2016 to make Broome County the sixteenth county in New York to establish a Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support Program. Clear Path was chose to run the program.
The Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support Program was established in 2012 to honor an Iraq War veteran from Mount Sinai, New York, according to the Association for Mental Health and Wellness. It aims to help veterans by taking a confidential, one-on-one approach to addressing post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
The senator also announced $15,000 in funding for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-NY to provide legal services and consultation to local veterans.