Red Ribbon Week

bg_logoThe Virginia Army National Guard observes Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31, 2014, as part of a national observance to draw attention to the prevention of substance abuse.

In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Soldiers and their Families remain drug free. Every year, Soldiers and Families suffer the consequences of misusing drugs and alcohol. The Red Ribbon Campaign mobilizes communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week each year. The Department of Defense has officially participated in Red Ribbon Week since 1990, with the aim to prevent drug abuse amongst its service members and their Families.

You can participate by sharing the attached poster with your family and hanging it on your bulletin board at work or in your unit’s readiness center. Have a conversation with your children, nieces and nephews, or younger brothers and sisters about substance abuse prevention. Talk about the importance of living healthy and drug-free. Share stories about living drug-free as a Soldier and encourage alcohol and drug-free activities on the weekends and after school. Express your disapproval of abusing alcohol or misusing prescription drugs. Talk about the dangers of binge drinking and prescription drug abuse. Read and sign the “Drug-Free” pledge with your child. Learn more at

Enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest for a chance to win an iPad for you and your family – and $1,000 for your child’s school.

Support the Red Ribbon Campaign in the school your child, niece/nephew, or younger sibling attends. Visit the classroom to talk about living drug-free as a Soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard. Help organize a “Wear Red T-Shirts” Day for the classroom. Help your child/niece/nephew/sibling make a sign or poster about Red Ribbon week and being drug-free to hang in the classroom.

Share the Red Ribbon Campaign with the rest of your community. Organize a “Wear Red T-Shirts” Day at your civilian workplace Support nationwide campaign activities. Learn more at

More information on Red Ribbon Week can be located at Follow @redribbonweek on Twitter. If you or a loved one is suffering consequences from drug or alcohol abuse and need help, you can contact Lauren Newcomb – Prevention Coordinator at (434) 298-5363 or Marshall Bradshaw – Alcohol and Drug Control Officer – (434) 298-6339. You can also talk to a Chaplain or a Director of Psychological Health and they will keep it confidential.

Download the Red Ribbon Week poster here.