Services & Programs

Veteran Programs

Following the War of 1812, members of our community, then known as the Female Charitable Society, came together to support families in need. For over 200 years, Cornerstone Family Programs’ commitment to building better lives and stronger communities remains steadfast.

Our men and women in uniform protect us in times of need. As they have made insurmountable sacrifices for us, Cornerstone Family Programs is committed to honoring their service while providing them resources and services as they readjust to civilian life.

Confidential Counseling and Outreach for Combat Veterans and Their Families

We provide counseling with clinicians trained to help address issues specific to service members, veterans, and their families. Services are confidential and free of charge for veterans of combat zones and their families.

Our military services staff aim to serve those who have served. Our counselors are experienced in helping clients who have experienced:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Substance abuse
  • Marital issues
  • Children’s issues
  • Readjustment issues
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  1. Who is eligible?

Veterans of any combat zone are eligible for free counseling. Spouses, children, and parents of these veterans are also eligible for free counseling.

  1. How can I get help?

To schedule an appointment, call or e-mail:

Jessica Mankowskia, LCSW
(973) 538-5260 ext. 117
osclinician@cfp-mnh.org

Nancy Pandiscia, LSW
(973) 538-5260 ext. 124
npandiscia@cfp-mnh.org


Please note: Bring a copy of the veteran’s DD214 to your first session.

  1. What can I expect on the first visit?

During your first session, you will meet with a professional clinician who has experience in helping servicemembers, veterans, and their families. This session is confidential and non-committal. If you would like to schedule follow-up sessions, you can do so with your clinician at the end of your first session.

  1. I have a full-time job. Do you have evening appointments?

Yes, we offer appointments during business hours, and extend into evenings to accommodate a wide variety of schedules. Times of availability vary.

Operation Sisterhood

For over two hundred years, Cornerstone Family Programs has recognized how powerful women can be when working together. Our female veterans embody that spirit as they have put their lives on hold to protect and defend our nation.

We are committed to ensuring all women who have separated from the military have resources needed to live happy, healthy, and productive lives when they come home.

Today, we support our female veterans and their family members by providing:

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Case management
  • Benefits screening and enrollment assistance
  • Community education groups
  • Peer-led support groups
  • Advocacy

If you are a female veteran, regardless of era served or discharge status, connect with us by contacting

Catherine Gutierrez, MA
Director, Military Services Program and Operation:Sisterhood
(973) 538-5260 ext. 119
operationsisterhood@cfp-mnh.org


If you are an employer or service provider who knows the importance of community to our service members and are committed to helping, contact Catherine Gutierrez for more information on how you can support our Military Services and Operation:Sisterhood Programs

All Operation:Sisterhood services are confidential and free of charge for female veterans and their families.