VAD in the Local and National Communities

Since 2001 Veterans Against Drugs has had a working partnership with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). This relationship has helped us showcase the VAD program and receive important and timely information on drug abuse issues on the local, state, and national levels. 

Local governments, educators, law-enforcement, youth organizations, and faith-based programs have formed partnerships in an effort to help prevent drug abuse and violence in their communities. VAD has worked with these coalitions to make its program available to communities interested in support from local veterans service organizations.

One example of a great community service program is the partnership between Veterans Against Drugs and the West Virginia National Guard. Boy Scouts of America held its National Jamboree in southern West Virginia, and the VAD-Guard had a display on the Veterans Against Drugs, Veterans Against Violence, and Patriotism programs that we have developed.

Another ongoing community service program, helped by the VVA national staff, is the Drug Free Ice Skating Party at the ice rink located two blocks from VVA National. This program is free to the children and youth of the Silver Spring community for one night in January.

By Dave Simmons, Chair of Veterans Against Drugs

Source: The VVA Veteran


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