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A Powerful New Message

BY DAVE SIMMONS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Veterans Against Drugs program is excited and pleased to announce a new and powerful message to America’s young people. 

I would like to begin with a very special thanks to the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, Warden Burl Cain, his staff, and the members of VVA Incarcerated Chapter 689 and Camp F for their support and for the messages and stories that they were willing to share in our new video.

This video, which is a little less than 15 minutes long, tells stories, in the words of the incarcerated veterans themselves, about how substance abuse and violence destroyed their lives and hurt the lives of their families.

Incarcerated veterans who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm speak to students about drug abuse, alcohol, violence, and crime. These veterans also talk about what life is like for them inside the walls of Angola and the impact on family relationships.

Questions used in these interviews were developed by the members of the Veterans Against Drugs program. Four hours of taped interviews were edited down into a video designed to hold the interest of students. The video will be used as a part of the Veterans Against Drugs Anti Drug and Violence program. It won’t be used except as a component of the overall program.

As Program Director, I would like to also thank Allen Manuel and Richard DeLong for accompanying us to Angola for this taping; Mokie Porter, who was responsible for taping; and Elizabeth Porter, a very gifted young woman without whose help and special editing talents this film would not have been produced. 

I hope that everyone who is interested in the Veterans Against Drugs program will get an opportunity to see this video in the very near future. We hope to have our first official presentation of this video at the VVA April Board of Directors meeting.

 

 

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