Transportation and Food Provided
The Schenectady County Veterans Peer to Peer Support Program is hosting a bus trip for county veterans to visit The Wall that Heals while the exhibit is being held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NY. Transportation and food will be provided at no charge, and veterans can request to have a family member or caregiver accompany them to help make the trip more accessible.
The Wall that Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. that includes the names of more than 58,000 service members who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam conflict. Visitors can create name rubbings of individual machine engraved names, which are listed by day of casualty on the panels. 
“Our new Veterans Peer to Peer Program is a great resource for Schenectady County residents who have served in the military, whether on active duty, or in the Reserves or National Guard,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Military Affairs & Veterans Committee. “Creating opportunities for veterans to connect with each other and reflect on their service can help them find understanding, healing, and strength to carry their legacy of service forward.”
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Departure: 7:30 a.m. from the West Lot at SUNY Schenectady (near the track and bike path)
Space is limited. RSVP to Jesse Aragona, Schenectady County Veterans Peer to Peer Support Coordinator, by calling (518) 374-0526 or emailing Jesse.Aragona@schenectadycountyny.gov.
Schenectady County Veteran Peer to Peer Support Program
The program provides direct peer to peer support, activities, various support groups, and referrals to resources and services for Schenectady County veterans and their families, regardless of discharge status. All service members (active duty, National Guard, or Reserves), regardless of time served ord discharge status, are welcome to participate in the program.
The next Schenectady County Veteran Peer to Peer Support Program meeting will be held at American Legion Post #1092 in Niskayuna on Thursday, August 31. The meeting will feature a guest speaker to talk about resources for veterans, discuss the bus trip to The Wall that Heals and other planned events, and schedule future activities, and will end with an optional, impromptu support group.
Date: Thursday, August 31, 2023
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Post #1092, 1809 Union Street in Niskayuna
Visit www.schenectadycountyny.gov/vetpeernetwork for information about the program, including additional upcoming meetings and events.