September 8, 2011 – Webster, NY – In honor of September 11th, CDS and the Warrior SALUTE Program would like to recognize those who have dedicated their service to our country.

“It is important that we take time not only to honor those who have served our country, but also to remember the sacrifices that they have made for us,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS President/CEO.  “When these Veterans return home, many of them come back with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  CDS started the Warrior SALUTE Program in order to help these Veterans overcome the challenges they face in the transition to civilian life.”

Statistics show that twenty percent of soldiers deployed in the past six years have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  That’s more than 300,000 service members.

The Warrior SALUTE Program helps service members, and their families, to regain their lives and dreams by providing quality employment opportunities, as well as clinical and rehabilitative services. This program is 100% funded by donations, which allows Veterans with service-connected brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to transition back to civilian life through physical and occupational therapy, vocational training and job placement assistance, resume preparation and employment counseling, independent living skills training, individual and group counseling, art and music therapy, and temporary housing.

“If it wasn't for the Warrior SALUTE Program, I would still be on the streets,” says David Kendrick, a participant in the Warrior SALUTE Program.  

In June 2007 David was shot by a sniper in both legs, while serving in Iraq.  When David got out of the military, he quickly found that his Cavalry Scout skills were not valuable in the civilian workforce. With nowhere to turn, and no job, he quickly ended up homeless. Then David was brought into the Warrior SALUTE Program, where he learned interviewing, resumé-building, and supervision skills, and also received valuable vocational training, which he now uses in the civilian workforce. 

"The Warrior SALUTE™ Program was there for me when I needed help - help that family and friends couldn't provide. I don't think of it as a program, but as a close knit group of people, like your family, who are there to support you, and who honestly care about your success and well being."

For more information about the Warrior SALUTE Program, please call 341-4600