After decades of war, veterans have been left with very few resources to find relief and comfort from the physical, mental and moral injuries derived from these conflicts.
We know statistically, the reported number of 22 veterans committing suicide a day is actually much higher. PTSD is one of the most common ailments veterans face post deployment. Currently, the only therapies available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are often cocktails of heavy duty pharmaceutical medications. Many veterans choose to not want to consume these medications because of their side effects and other interactions.
The people of Michigan voted to make legal both medical cannabis and recreational cannabis in 2008 and 2018. Legalizing cannabis created an alternative method to healing that veterans did not have access to in the past. Despite legalization, veterans still often face barriers to access via not being able to afford the product, or not being able to access the product because of their disabilities.
The VAP aims to bridge that gap and not only provide veterans in need with pennied out cannabis products but also access to professionals who can inform them how best to use the products for their particular situation. The VAP believes access to education on cannabis products is just as important as the products themselves.