[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                       April 10, 2009

'Save a Life Tour' to stop at McCoy

The "Save a Life Tour" will be presented Monday, April 27, in building 905 at Fort McCoy to help personnel in the Fort McCoy community observe Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is sponsoring the event.

The event, which includes displays will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and begins with a formal presentation from 10-11 a.m. Simulators will be open after the presentation.

Eric Pedersen, Fort McCoy Employee Assistance Program coordinator and Prevention coordinator for the installation’s Directorate of Human Resources, said the event will help celebrate the 2009 theme "Our Children, Our Future: Underage Drinking is a Community Responsibility."

The "Save a Life Tour" will provide alcohol education and drinking-and-driving prevention education, Pedersen said. All members of the Fort McCoy community are encouraged to attend and participate.

Pedersen said the "Save a Life Tour" includes multimillion dollar drinking-and-driving-simulators and interactive displays that give personnel realistic, sober perspectives on the effects of drinking while intoxicated. Included in the presentation are massive tour posters, high-intensity videos rolling on huge monitors and a charismatic show that thoroughly engages all participants and onlookers, he said.

"They have been touted as the "shock jocks of anti-drunk driving," Pedersen said. "The displays are definitely very informative and worth taking the time to see."

Free and confidential screenings about alcohol-related concerns always are available for members of the Fort McCoy community. Soldiers can go to the Troop Medical Clinic Behavioral Health Clinic in building 2658 and civilian employees, retirees and family members may use the Employee Assistance Program in building 1344.

Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism — it is a treatable disease, not a moral weakness, Pedersen said. People can and do recover from alcoholism.

For more information about alcohol awareness/prevention in the Fort McCoy community, call the ASAP at 608-388-2441.


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