August 2000/September 2000
Veterans Against Drugs Task Force
Vermont Fast Lane
By Herb Worthington, Chair
What do you do the last weekend in July in the beautiful mountains of
Bennington, Vermont? If youíre with VVA Chapter 601, you go to work at
the local K-Martís Kids Race Against Drugs.
The event, headed by Region 1 director and Vermont State Council
President John Miner, went off without a hitch. Although there was a lot
of work, Chapter 601 rose to the occasion. Chapter members even brought a
food concession truck and made some money in addition to the donation they
will receive after Veterans Against Drugs National gets a check from
"Itís a win-win situation for Chapter 601, K-Mart, the
community, and the kids," said Miner.
The battery-operated cars are driven through an obstacle course (with
adult safety drivers). Those with the fastest times will go against other
qualifiers--some 650 nationwide--to compete for a $10,000 college
Next came the Leadership Conference in Buffalo. So far the reviews have
been great. Thanks to Western New York Chapter 77. We were treated
The Veterans Against Drugs seminar was well attended by members from
throughout the country who wanted to know about the program and how to
bring it to their areas. Medal of Honor recipient and middle school
teacher Gary Beikirch discussed the program and described tragedies that
have occurred to some of his students who have abused drugs.
This is our future, these are our youth. We have to get the word out,
and we must be positive role models who can help the kids have the courage
not to do drugs.
I want to welcome John Miner and Chapter 601 in Vermont and Mike Brady
and Chapter 11 of Long Island, New York, into the VAD family. Smithtown
has been doing a super job helping kids stay off drugs, and we were
thrilled that they asked to join the program.
For additional information on the VAD program and how to get started in
your area, call Herb Worthington at ?908-486-2087 or 908-553-0133.