Senator Sue Serino and Mental Health America of Dutchess County Vet2Vet Program will once again come together to honor local veterans at two free appreciation pasta dinners on Sunday, October 16th at the American Legion in Poughkeepsie (55 Overlook Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603) and on Sunday, October 23rd at the Red Hook VFW (30 Elizabeth Street, Red Hook, NY 12571).

“It is so important that we take every opportunity to fully thank and show our appreciation for our local veterans and their families, and these dinners are a small way to show our gratitude for the many sacrifices they have made,” said Senator Sue Serino. “After adapting this event in a drive-thru format for the past two years, we are especially thrilled to be hosting these dinners in person to give our local veterans the chance to connect with one another and critical services like the Vet2Vet Program. I look forward to joining our community’s heroes at these events and to have the opportunity to thank them again for all that they do.”

Adam Roche, Director of Dutchess County’s Division of Veterans Services said, “Veterans in Dutchess County have given so much to protect this great nation, and they deserve our unwavering respect and admiration. Sen. Sue Serino has long been an advocate for our local heroes, and we appreciate her again supporting them by hosting her annual Veterans Appreciation Pasta Dinner. So much more than a meal, this event provides local veterans camaraderie and the opportunity to connect with their fellow heroes – elements so vital to their well-being. We thank Sen. Serino for her continued assistance for Dutchess County’s veterans, and I look forward to seeing many of my fellow former servicemembers at this great event.”

Anthony Kavouras, Director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County Veterans Programs said, “Hello Brothers and Sisters. It’s that time of year again, when we can all get together for some delicious pasta and meatballs. Senator Sue Serino’s Pasta Dinners for Veterans and their families has become a staple for Veterans in Dutchess County, to get together and enjoy good food and great conversation. As always, we at MHA Dutchess Vet2Vet look forward to being part of these great events. Thank you Senator Serino for doing this for our local Veterans. You are a true supporter of Veterans and their Families.”

Thanks to the support of the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program, this event is free and open to Dutchess County veterans and one guest. To RSVP for this free event, please call Senator Serino’s Hyde Park Office at 845-229-0106 or email serino@nysenate.gov by October 11 for the October 16th Dinner in Poughkeepsie and by October 18th for the October 23rd Dinner in Red Hook.

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Program uses a unique peer-to-peer approach to offer non-clinical support and assist veterans who may be struggling with PTSD, TBI or other mental health challenges. Individuals interested in learning more about the services and resources offered can contact Anthony Kavouras, Director of Veterans Programs at 845-473-2500 ext. 1364. This program is offered to all Dutchess County veterans and a referral is not required. For more information, click here.

For more information or to learn more, please call Senator Serino’s Hyde Park Office at 845-229-0106.


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