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Yorktown Knights of Pythias Support PTSD Program

Knights of Pythias members Jeff Painter and Stew Glass, third and second from right, present a check to MOPH Chapter 21 members Gene Lang, John Fratangelo, Dale Novak and Neil S. Gross. Credits: Jeff Painter

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – One local organization helped out another last week, as Yorktown Lodge No. 859 made a $400 donation to Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 21 to support a PTSD unit at the Montrose facility of the Hudson Valley Veterans Healthcare Center.

The program, called “Prolonged Exposure,” requires veterans to sign up for 45 days in the facility in which they work individually and in group with trained and experienced psychologists and therapists. There is no “magic pill” for PTSD and it is recognized as never being totally cured. What the patient learns is how to recognize “triggers” that may cause stress and how to deal with them successfully.

The program has been so successful that there is a yearly “alumni” reception in which graduates share their experiences with those currently in treatment.

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The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 21 has “adopted” the unit and provides for haircuts, indigent travel, recreation, special events and camaraderie. All of the funds that the chapter collects go directly to helping those veterans on the unit and off. Many of the Chapter 21 members have gone through or are going through the program themselves.

For more information about this program, email

The Knights of Pythias made another $300 donation to the Veterans Committee of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias. That money is used to send packages out to the armed forces. All money was collected through the organization’s Shake-a-Can fundraiser.

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