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Release Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:52 PM
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Rachel Mann
Communications Specialist

Howard University Partners with Local Anti-Drug Group to Support Veterans and Their Families


WASHINGTON (March 26, 2014) – The Howard University Center for Drug Abuse Research Ward 1 Drug Free Coalition (Ward 1 DFC) has partnered with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Corporation for National and Community Service to implement the VetCorps Project in Ward 1 of the District of Columbia. The project is designed to help military veterans at Howard and their family’s access critical support services in their communities. In honor of the partnership and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Ward 1 FDC is hosting a program titled “Shinning the Light: Female Veterans Making a Difference. The event will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 1 pm at the National Memorial for Women in Military Service to America at Arlington National Cemetery.

The celebration’s honorees include:

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Army National Guard, 2004—Present

Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender (ret.)
Army, 1961—1993

Sergeant Major Angela M. Maness
Marine Corps, 1987—Present

First Sergeant Genevieve Chase
Army Reserves, 2003—Present

Sergeant First Class Victoria Pridemore
Army National Guard, 2001—Present

Corporal Alyce Dixon
Army, 1943—1946

Visit here for the event program and biographies of the honorees.

“The significance of the VetCorps Project is vital to veterans of the Howard community,” said Marsha Middleton, program coordinator of the Ward 1 DFC. “Our goal is to help familiarize veterans with various services and organizations that are designed to help support them in their journey to higher education, and to serve the unmet needs of their families.”

The goals of the VetCorps Project are to establish and strengthen collaborations between local Washington communities, governments, and non-profit agencies to prevent and reduce substance abuse among veterans and their families; and integrate the efforts of civic organizations, civilian agencies, and military organizations to better serve veterans and their families.

The project will also establish a veterans’ support group in the Ward 1 community, as well as establish a directory of local organizations and resources.

The Center for Drug Abuse Research (CDAR) was created in 1994 to build Howard University’s capability to conduct drug abuse research, and to serve as a resource for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the area of drug abuse research on African Americans. The Ward 1 DFC was established through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA) to prevent or reduce the alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use by youth in Ward 1.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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