VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS TASK FORCE REPORT
Make A Difference
BY HERB WORTHINGTON, CHAIR
As we emerge
from the holiday season, we reflect with pride on the good we, as
members of VVA and AVVA, did in our local communities. Although we
are not millionaires, we try to help our fellow men and women. We
go to schools, detention centers, and boot camps to talk to our
young people and deliver the positive message of how they can make
a difference in the future. We let them know of our mistakes and
hope the next generation will learn from our transgressions.
are not doing enough. I know that the VAD Program is working and
growing in many areas. But gangs are growing across the nation.
You have heard
about the drug epidemic. If you think it is not real, you are
mistaken. Kids today are getting involved with drugs, gangs, and
violence at younger and younger ages. Why? Because the gangs know
that young kids are easily swayed and impressionable. Plus, they
are told that because of their ages, they wonít be punished
harshly when arrested. The amazing part is that kids are duped and
the parents have no idea what is going on.
The problem is
exacerbated by the rising number of latch-key children. Families
increasingly are unable to survive on a single salary, so both
parents work. Some have more than one job. Single parents have it
even tougher. That is where VAD comes in. We can help before
things get totally out of hand.
If you donít
get involved now, later you may be saying you donít understand how
your grandchild became hooked on drugs or how terrible it is that
she was killed by gangs. It can happen to you. One in five
families has been devastated by drugs and violence. That is the
You can make a
difference. If enough of us get together, we can make a
difference. It is up to you.