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AIM to launch peer mentoring program for veterans

Nov. 2, 2018 

AIM Independent Living Center has been awarded a three-year, $93,750 grant from the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs to establish a peer mentoring program for area veterans.

The program will serve veterans in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

AIM is seeking veterans to volunteer as mentors, as well as veterans interested in participating in the program as mentees. Those interested in the program should contact Jeremy Oakes, AIM's veterans advocate, at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 216. 

Volunteer mentors will provide support and encouragement to veterans who are facing issues such as unemployment or housing instability; or who are struggling with depression, PTSD, substance abuse or physical injuries.

The program will help veterans who are readjusting to civilian life after completing military service, as well as those who've been involved in the criminal justice system.

The mentors will offer local veterans companionship and someone with similar experiences to talk to; as well as someone who is concerned about their well-being and will hold them accountable. Mentoring will occur on a 1-to-1 basis, but the program may include group outings or peer groups as well.

AIM is seeking volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, and who've served in different branches of the military and in different military eras. Diversity in gender and race are welcomed, as are people with disabilities.