The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC on 5 Oct 2014. This tribute to the sacrifices of our disabled Veterans makes note of the enormity of those sacrifices. While giving one’s life for the protection or betterment of others is certainly the greatest sacrifice, the sacrifice of our disabled Veterans goes on for their entire lives ending only in their sometimes untimely deaths.
Think of it the next time you shake the left hand of a Veteran because his right is missing. Think of it when you see disabled Veteran disabled plates on a car in the parking lot at the grocery store. They suffer from post-traumatic stress. They suffer from phantom and chronic pain from loss of a limb or an eye or crushed bones and torn flesh, or as is sometimes true all too often, the loss of their spirit.
Many of these Veterans, thanks to the Federal Government allowing 29 States to experiment, have found healing and comfort from the use of medical cannabis.
In their speeches politicians are quick to pronounce that, “Our Veterans deserve all we can do for them!” Well your Veterans need medical cannabis and you folks need to get it to them ASAP! To do any less is not only hypocritical, it dishonors the sacrifice these Veterans make every day they suffer, every day of their lives.
Honor their sacrifice. Provide the VA with a waiver of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act regarding cannabis and have the VA establish a voucher system with local Medical Cannabis Pharmacies is States with Medical Marijuana legalization. In States that do not allow for Medical Cannabis, we could easily provide cannabis from the Federal Cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi.
We call on Congress to do its duty! Every day you delay you only prolong suffering that could be mitigated by compassion and access to Medical Cannabis. You sit in safety and freedom because of their daily, in some cases hourly sacrifice. You have the power to mitigate their suffering. What are you waiting for?