Sitrin Military Program

Complimentary care for post-9/11 veterans and service members.

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Program Overview

Sitrin’s Military Program is designed to treat veterans and service members experiencing physical, emotional, and cognitive issues. The program is different from conventional veteran care, personalizing treatment options and social activities based on each individual’s needs and interests. Those who have experienced traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputations, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and other symptoms have benefited from Sitrin’s unique approach to care.

Trauma-based healing empowers veterans through a combination of traditional and non-traditional therapy techniques. Established methods, such one-on-one psychology, family counseling, and physical therapy, are paired with progressive treatments, including Ecotherapy, Equine Assisted Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy, among others. Additionally, the program includes the Military-Civilian Coalition (MCC), offering monthly community activities, as well as the annual Warrior Retreat at Camp Sitrin for veterans and their families.

Key Facts

  • Partners with Spirit Dogs Farm, Frankfort, for Natural Horsemanship Equine Assisted Therapy.
  • Performed Veteran Dance/Movement Therapy during Mohawk Valley Community College’s Cultural Series.
  • Offers six to ten Military Civilian Coalition (MCC) activities each month, many of which are led by veteran volunteers.
  • Receives nearly 100 participants for MCC activities and the Warrior Retreat each year.
  • Partners with Utica University and SUNY Poly students for internship program.
  • Veterans hail from Rochester, Fort Drum, Burlington Flats, and the Mohawk Valley region.
Estimated number of post-9/11 veterans treated since inception
Percentage of Sitrin veterans who experience PTSD
Average number of treatment years

Wish List

  • 4-wheeler with hauling capacity
  • Air rifles
  • Cross-country snow shoes
  • Gardening equipment
  • Stereo for Movement Therapy
  • Drums for Therapeutic Drumming
  • Cooking items
  • Fly Fishing supplies
  • Yoga Mats
  • Annual Warrior Retreat Sponsor


  • Strongly supports camaraderie and fellowship-building among veterans.
  • Encourages family involvement and recreation with Warrior Retreat, family counseling services, and other activities.
  • Individualizes therapy and treatment options based on each veteran’s personal interests (i.e., dance, nature, biking, etc.).
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