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AMVETS Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse (AADAA)

The Ted Leszkiewicz AMVETS Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse program encourages local AMVETS posts to network with local schools and youth groups who are looking for resources to help educate youth about drug and alcohol abuse.

To assist your post in this program the National Programs Department administers an annual Essay/Poem and Poster Contest that is age appropriate and grade specific. Posts and departments are encouraged to conduct contests at the local and state levels and then submit their winning entries to the National Department by 1 July. All national winners will receive a Certificate of Participation signed by the national commander and Visa Gift Cards. The 1st place winners also receive a plaque. Contest entry forms (PDF files) may be found on the Resources and Forms page.

Posts, particularly those having post homes, are also encouraged to serve as a resource for local community groups seeking facilities to conduct drug education meetings and/or workshops for adults.

Learn about AMVETS’ involvement in the Prevention Through Service Alliance (PTSA), a network formed by a variety of community-based organizations with the overall purpose of helping young people to lead safe and healthy lifestyles and to avoid destructive behavior.

Additional Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous –
Narcotics Anonymous –
Cocaine Anonymous –
VA Mental Health –

Future Themes: 

2023-2024: “Be Smart….Don’t Start!”

2023 Winners K-12th


Winston Clarke   NY 897


2nd -3rd Grade

Madalyn Lensmire  WI 1032


4th-5th Grade

Julia Pielhop  WI 103

6th-8th Grade

Rosalynn Hills WI 1032


9th – 12th  Grade

Faton Calliste   PA 136

Posters                                                                                    Essays 

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