At the February 7th Board of Supervisors meeting Mary Dillinger, Public Affairs Officer for the Prescott VA was on hand to receive the proclamation declaring the week of February 12th through the 16th as National Salute to Veterans Patients Week.
The proclamation was for recognition of Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces who are currently under the care of the Veterans Administration Hospitals (VA). Mary said, “I would like to thank the board for their support of the VA. We would like to see everyone come by the VA and see the great work we are doing with our veterans.”
Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “We truly value the work the VA is doing for our veterans and encourage everyone to reach out and see how they can support their local VA as well.”
The second proclamation was to declare February 26th through March 3rd as Stand With Me, Be Drug Free week. Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, was on hand to receive the proclamation and said, “This program came out of a meeting with a Nate Auvenshine of the PANT team. He said, ‘we all get so bogged down in the negative we really should take a moment and recognize that the majority of people do not use illegal drugs, and are making good decisions. We need to celebrate the fact that the majority of people are drug free’ and out of that came the slogan, Stand with Me, Be Drug Free.”
A section of the proclamation read, “The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to especially commend the youngest of our citizens for not using marijuana, as 91% of 8th grade students, 79% of 10th grade students and 74% of 12th grade students DO NOT use marijuana; and for not abusing prescription drugs, as 94% of 8th grade students, 94% of 10th grade students and 95% of 12th grade students DO NOT abuse prescription drugs.”
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