Veterans Against Drugs Committee Update November/December 2017

Dave Simmons, Veterans Against Drugs Committee Chair

Much of the Veterans Against Drugs Committee recent activities are focused on prevention efforts among youth. 

At the Boy Scouts Annual Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia, VAD committee members spoke with scouts and their national adult leadership about VVA’s three-part Veterans Against Drugs program, the Anti-Drug, Anti-Violence, and Patriotism Program. The program has been adapted for all ages. The committee intends to present the VAD program next year at the International Jamboree in southern West Virginia.

In late September, while at a Gold Star Families event at Camp Dawson, West Virginia, VAD leadership was approached by members of the staff at the Challenge Academy, a facility at Camp Dawson staffed with instructors who are members of the West Virginia National Guard. Youth attending Challenge Academy have either made the decision themselves to do so, or the juvenile justice system has made the decision that a more structured environment is needed in their lives. The Challenge Academy is very interested in looking at the Veterans Against Drugs Program to help guide these troubled teens into more productive lives.

The VAD Committee thanks everyone for their assistance.

Dave Simmons, Chair

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