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.
October 6 I attended the eighteenth annual Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards Dinner, hosted by CADCA chair and CEO Arthur Dean. CADCA’s many recent successes were celebrated.
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 this year will hold its National Jamboree in southern West Virginia, and the VAD-Guard will have 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.
I want to invite the members of the VVA National Board of Directors to attend the VAD annual ice skating event. It will be held on January 12, just prior to the VVA National Board meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
By Dave Simmons, Chair