Thomas Bonadio, CEO and managing partner of The Bonadio Group, presented a $25,000 check Wednesday to CDS Monarch in Webster. The donation will benefit Warrior Salute, a CDS Monarch program that helps veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST), transition back into the civilian community through services and training that foster growth and development.
“I was recently introduced to the Warrior Salute service of CDS Monarch and immediately knew that this was an organization I wanted to support,” said Bonadio. “Warrior Salute is a way for our community to care for the veterans who have selflessly protected our country. I believe that programs like Warrior Salute will make a difference in the transition our troops face.”
Warrior Salute staff work with veterans and their families to provide comprehensive clinical services that are built around the unique needs of each service member and their family, including individual and group mental health counseling, complementary alternative therapies such as art and music, as well as independent living skills training, vocational rehabilitation, case management, and temporary housing (as needed). The program is administered locally, but is open to all U.S. veterans through an application process available through self-referral or agency and partner referral with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or hospitals.
"We are extremely grateful to Mr. Bonadio for his gift to The Wolf Foundation in support of the veterans we serve through Warrior Salute,” said Sankar Sewnauth, president and CEO of CDS Monarch.
“CDS Monarch relies on the support of leaders such as Mr. Bonadio to ensure that we are able to continue providing the services that our brave men and women need, and deserve, when they return home from military service."
This December, Warrior Salute celebrates its most recent program graduate. Tyler Fisk, U.S. Air Force Security Forces Officer, began receiving services through Warrior Salute in July 2013. During his stay with the program, Fisk received one-on-one care through a variety of unique therapies and individualized program opportunities, including animal-assisted and art therapies and community volunteer events.
“After receiving treatment through other veteran programs, I found Warrior Salute to be the best fit for my needs,” said Fisk. “The program environment is a small community of individuals who motivate you to succeed on a daily basis. It has been a unique and beneficial program that has helped me transition into this new phase of my life.”
Upon his December graduation from Warrior Salute, Fisk joined CDS Monarch as a mechanical assistant with Unistel services. His long term goals are to transition into his own apartment and obtain full-time employment in the Rochester area.