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  • Saturday, July 22, 2023

    3 New Legion Grants Aimed at Stemming Vet Suicide, Homelessness

    David Riley Sr.

    David Riley Sr.

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y., July 22, 2023 – The American Legion in New York State continued its effort to stem veteran suicide and homelessness by awarding $210,000 in grants to organizations helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or who are at risk of homelessness.

    The grants were announced during the 105th Annual Convention of the American Legion Department of New York, held here July 20-22, 2023.

    Outgoing Department Commander David R. Riley Sr. described the grants as follows:

    — $100,000 to Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga for equine therapy for veterans suffering from  PTSD.

    — $75,000 to Trybe Ecotherapy of Rochester for nature-based clinical therapy sessions for veterans.

    — $35,000 to Hicks Strong of Clifton Park for its National Military Mental Health and “Hug Mug” programs.

    A year ago the American Legion Department of New York unveiled a $1.5 million fund for grants to organizations helping veterans. Previously announced grants included:

    — $100,000 to the EquiCenter in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., to provide equine-assisted therapies for veterans.

    — $15,000 to the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition in Buffalo to help outfit apartments for veterans.

    — $100,000 to fund a pilot project to expand and measure the RTM ProtocolTM treatment for veterans suffering from PTSD, developed by the Research and Recognition Project in Corning.

    — $34,450 to outfit a home for homeless women veterans with children, operated by Veterans & Community Housing Coalition in Saratoga County.

    — $24,000 to the Albany Housing Coalition to furnish six newly rehabilitated apartments for homeless veterans.

    — $36,000 to Hoboken Legion Post 107 in New Jersey to furnish eighteen new apartments being planned for homeless veterans. They accept any homeless vet whether from NY or NJ.