Supporting the journey home.

Chittenango, NY   |


Recognizing the responsibility of communities to help those who serve, Clear Path for Veterans empowers service members, veterans, and their families through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Alexander J. Behm

Main address

1223 Salt Springs Rd

Chittenango, NY 13037 USA

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NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clear Path for Veterans serves Veterans of any era. We find that Vietnam Veterans are appreciative of our opportunities. After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, a person may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The use of Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan has greatly increased the number of Veterans who have experienced concussions and brain injuries (TBI). Unfortunately, the increase in women volunteering to serve has also increased the incidence of military sexual trauma (MST).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Canine Program

The Canine Program, established in 2011, is a research-driven and evidence-based program specializing in the training and placement of assistance dogs for Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma (MST).

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with physical disabilities
Military personnel
People with diseases and illnesses

Our natural and serene setting provides Veterans and their families a safe and welcoming atmosphere to thrive and foster wellness. This is done by developing trust and taking a non-judgmental approach to those we serve. We offer a multi-faceted approach that includes Integrative Medicine and other educational opportunities that complement traditional medical methods. Through on-site education and exposure to a variety of wellness options within the community, Veterans and family members are encouraged to take charge of their own health and well-being.

The modalities offered at Clear Path are a unique range of hands-on bodywork to the lesser known but highly effective, energy healing techniques, as well as, Yoga and non-clinical Talking Circle, and the self-care practices of meditation and mindfulness.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Clear Path for Veterans Wingman Program is created in honor of Pfc. Joseph Dwyer, a Suffolk county resident who joined the Army days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was ultimately deployed to Iraq. Dwyer was diagnosed with PTSD, isolated himself and committed suicide in 2008.
Clear Path for Veterans Wingman Program can offer you support by pairing you with a fellow Veteran who can provide knowledge and guidance. The goal is to assist you in being a warrior for life, not just leave the military.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

This program provides veterans and their families’ recreational activities and related experiences that can be expected to aid them in their employment, mobility, socialization, independence, and community integration.
Currently Offered on Site:
Woodworking & carving
Creative Arts Workshops
Community Gardening
Hiking trails
Community Events

Population(s) Served

The Culinary Program supports all Clear Path for Veterans programs by providing healthy and engaging meals . Our signature program is the Wednesday Canteen Lunch attended by 150+ Veterans every week. We also provide Food Pantry boxes to Veterans to Veterans in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteers are essential to the success of Clear Path for Veterans. Almost 400 volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours of time during 2016. Volunteers are most often involved with the Culinary and Wellness Programs and taking care of the Facilities & Grounds, but there are many other opportunities for volunteers to be involved. Volunteers are high school students, college interns, corporate and civic groups, faith communities, seniors and members of other Veteran organizations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

Culinary Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

While many non-profits serving Veterans focus on a single issue or need, Clear Path's model is diverse and all-inclusive. Although PTSD, MST, traumatic brain injuries and other physical injuries from military service are a reality of war, we help work through those challenges and build upon the resiliency of these men and women which goes beyond their disability. Each program, service and referral we make takes into account the continual desire to serve and incorporates giving back in some capacity. We are firm believers that anyone who has worn the uniform holds a special place within their community. To ensure others answer the call to service, we continue educating the broader community on military and warrior culture and help prepare ourselves to accept the responsibility of welcoming them home. Clear Path is our community's example of showing we care, no matter how long it takes.

Holistic Warrior Care may be visualized as a series of concentric circles. The core of the Clear Path for Veterans experience is Volunteerism and Outreach. Close to the core are the services we directly provide. These include Employment, Wellness and Peer Support. The outer rings are services we connect to via referrals and networking. These include Healthcare [including mental, addiction and behavioral health], Benefits, Housing and Education.

Clear Path for Veterans began with a small group of volunteers interested in helping Veterans reconnect with civilian communities. The volunteer base has grown, and paid staff have been added as grant and contract funding became available. We maintain a 10 to 1 ratio of volunteers to paid staff; currently active 300 volunteers and 30 paid staff. This ratio preserves our goal of an average of 50% volunteer and 50% paid hours of service.

Participation in Clear Path for Veterans activities has grown year over year. This year, we celebrate a new contract to provide Peer Support services in Broome County and the Southern Tier area of New York State. If you are in the area, please join us for a monthly Mobile Canteen outreach event.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Clear Path for Veterans is in its second round of the Central New York Community Foundation's Performance Management Learning Community, which is designed to collect data from program participants in an effort to improve program performance. CPV is also actively using Salesforce to collect program data and make data-driven program decisions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,



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Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Captain Christopher Flaherty

U.S. Navy

Term: 2016 - 2021

Board co-chair

Cindy Boyd

Lockheed Martin

William Eberhardt

Hospitality Concepts Group

William Pollard

Retired College President

Carroll Clark

Vera House Foundation

Orrin MacMurray

Retired, C&S Companies

Stephen Breen

Independent CPA

Anthony Basile


Melissa Spicer

Blue Prints

Kraig Rando


Casey Crabill

Onondaga Community College

Matthew Jubelt

Newman Lickstein

Wade Wiers

Girl Scouts of America

Erik Smith

SAAB Sensis

Sam Lanzafame

Retired Businessman

Gay Pomeroy

Mackenzie Hughes LLP

Michael Mattson

Gift Planner

Richard Sykes

Retired Businessman

Dr. Ann Harris

Rockacres Veterinary Hospital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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