Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Next week marks Red Ribbon Week – our nation’s largest drug prevention campaign. Personnel from Fort Bliss’ Army Substance Abuse Program will join millions of Americans in this effort to educate our children about the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle.
Our ASAP has put together a presentation called the Drug Free Game Show. Geared toward elementary school children, they travel to two schools a day and end up reaching more than 8500 children and teachers with their message.
The campaign itself began more than 20 years ago to honor the memory of U.S. Drug Enforcement Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena after his brutal torture and murder at the hands of Mexican drug traffickers in 1985.
All week, the nation’s children will participate in a variety of activities and discussions geared toward their age groups. I strongly urge all of you to take a few minutes each day to talk to your children about what they are learning.
If they don’t come home and tell you about what they are learning, ask. If you have never before engaged in open dialogue with them, this coming week is an excellent opportunity to do so – not just about drugs but about other negative lifestyle choices like drinking and tobacco use. Talking frequently with your children from a young age is statistically proven to be the absolute best deterrent for youth.
This is also a great time to think about the example we are setting for our children, not just as parents but as Soldiers and defenders of the country. Do you have a drug problem, abuse alcohol or smoke? If so, now is the time to stop.
The theme for this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “The Best Me is Drug Free.” The National Family Partnership provides additional resources for families free of charge on their website, www.nfp.org
Fort Bliss is also gearing up for my next quarterly town hall, Nov. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. Expanding on the topic of our last town hall – education – this time we will focus on college readiness with experts on hand to answer all your questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, financial aid, SAT and ACT and college admissions.
Every student on Fort Bliss deserves the postsecondary education they want, and with enough work and preparation, it can be available to them. I want to highly encourage all parents of high school seniors to attend the online discussion even if there are not any questions you can think of off the top of your head. We have a wealth of information to put out and you may find useful knowledge in areas never before considered.
If you can’t make the town hall there will be an archive of the discussion available on Facebook and printed in the next edition of the Fort Bliss Monitor. Stay safe and have a great week.
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