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Chicken Barbecue Set To Raise Funds For Suicide Prevention

Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20 Inc. is partnering with The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program, the Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Chautauqua Tapestry and other community organizations to raise money for The Community Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Constance Project.

On Saturday, the group will hold its second suicide prevention run. The event will take place at Harley Davidson of Jamestown in Falconer, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and kick stands up at 11:15 a.m. The poker run begins and ends at Harley Davidson in Falconer and will take place rain or shine.

The peer to peer program is a non-clinical program that brings veterans together through activities for peer support. The program came about when PFC Dwyer returned home from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, his life ended due to the choices he made to cope with those issues. The program’s goal is to offer opportunities for veterans to meet other veterans living in similar situation through social activities provided at no cost to the veteran.

The peer support has proven to be successful and there are many options available to meet individual interests of the veterans.

“The program utilizes peer support from those who can relate to the struggles of transitioning into civilian life,” said Cindy Reidy, Dwyer program coordinator. “We are thrilled to have these wonderful partnerships with The Community Alliance, Chautauqua Tapestry, Veterans of Modern Warfare, Brothers by Choice and several others. We all have common goals and values and together, the number of veterans that we can reach is innumerable.

The Constance Project, run by Dawn Damuelson, is an equine-assisted therapy designed to aid in the prevention of suicide and work with vets who experience PTSD, anxiety, depression and anger issues.

Horses have a unique way of sensing and mimicking human behavior and emotions, and equine-assisted therapy allows humans to interact and connect with horses and each other in a non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Harley Davidson of Jamestown on Route 394 in Falconer has donated the space for the event to take place. Local vendor tents, live music, basket giveaways and 50/50s will take place along with a chicken barbecue that will be provided by the Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 20.

Dinners will be available to the public at $10 each with a beverage or $9 without, starting at 11:30 a.m.

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