Aaron Pluff served as a Marine infantry small unit leader and saw two combat tours in the Iraqi Freedom War. He has been recognized professionally & in popular media for his achievements and skills as an Instructor. In his “spare” time Aaron has earned an MBA from Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management and devotes his life to his family while supporting veterans.
Pearson R. Kennedy-Crosby was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He is the oldest of seven children. In 2004, Shortly after graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Crosby Is the Sr. Vice Commander of VFW #3629, a Veterans Service Officer, and Alaskan Tribal Veterans Representative. Pearson dedicates as much time as possible to his family, Megan and their sons Trey and Odin.
As a Special Operations Team Commander with Marine Raiders, Bryan Buckley led multiple teams in deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara (Africa), South East Asia, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (Helmand Province). Developed rapport with numerous host nation forces, enhanced capability and capacity within the host nation units, and briefed US Ambassadors. Led a 20 man Marine Raider Team to Afghanistan that mentored, trained, and conducted over 40 combat operations with an Afghan Special Operations Battalion. Bryan also deployed twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom with Marine Infantry and Marine Reconnaissance.
Robert Kowalski is the founder and president of Veterans Ending the Stigma (V.E.T.S.), a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. He served in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Member and deployed twice to Iraq. Robert has represented cannabis patients at the United Nations in March 2019, he serves as Patient Representative for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Programs Advisory Board, and holds certificates addressing PTSD and Suicide Risk, and other areas of concern within our community.
Amy Case King resides in Yucatan Mexico, she began her medical cannabis activism and therapeutic application of the plant 15 years ago to help her uncle, a Vietnam Veteran who suffered from severe alcoholism, PTSD, COPD along with myriad other physical ailments. She is the widow of a Navy Veteran, the wife of a retired Navy Corpsman, and the granddaughter of a Korean War Army Veteran.
Etienne Fontan is the Vice President and Co-Owner of Berkeley Patients Group (BPG). BPG is the nation's oldest, and most respected medical cannabis dispensary, established in 1999. For nearly two decades, Etienne has helped position BPG as a model medical cannabis dispensary, with a vision to lead the emerging industry as it expands, evolves and becomes more professional. He has founded medical and recreational cannabis retail, cultivation, and processing facilities in Berkeley, Emeryville, Incline Village, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Reno, Sparks, and West Hollywood.
George Armstrong is a Pennsylvania Medical marijuana patient, advocate, and veteran. He served from 1985-1993 in Fort Lewis, WA as a combat medic (91A) then as a physical therapy assistant (91J) at Irwin Army Medical Center in Fort Riley, KS. George is excited to bring his passion and experience to the Veterans Action Council working towards educating the masses on the effectiveness of cannabis in treating veterans in crisis and ending the stigma attached to our medicine and fighting to end veterans suicide; a crisis that takes 22 veterans every day.
Eryck Stamper, Founder, Veterans Initiative 22 & Owner, Maryland Hemp Exchange, After completion of his military career, and while suffering from various medical conditions, he sought a more holistic and alternative approach to personal medical care and found cannabis. Discovering the medical and healing benefits of cannabis sparked his desire to engage in a new battle: fighting for safe and affordable access, rights and employment opportunities for Veterans, First Responders and their families of this critical lifesaving medicine through his non-profit Veterans Initiative 22 (VI22).
Michael Krawitz serves as Executive director of Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access [VMCA] as well as other board and advisory roles.
Alex Popoff is from South Florida but is currently living in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He joined the U.S Air Force at 17 years old and served from 2012 - 2017. After training injuries, a car accident, and two unsuccessful back surgeries, Alex was medically retired. After discovering medical cannabis in late 2017 and regaining quality of life back, he began working in the industry and advocating for cannabis reform. Alex has held roles from marketing director of a cannabis oil dosing company to VP of Buds For Vets, a non-profit that provided free medical cannabis doctors’ recommendations to disabled veterans.
Tony Landry, a Cajun from Louisiana , served 6 years as a Fire Controlman in the U.S. Navy 1988-94. Upon returning home, working, enrolled in night classes, raising a family, his service related injuries led to surgeries, pharmaceutical addiction ,alcohol misuse, loss of employment, relationships, depression. Tony began use of cannabinol (CBD) to treat pain and soon created an advocacy group, Louisiana Veterans for Medical Cannabis, who were instrumental in adding chronic pain and PTSD to Louisiana medical cannabis law in 2018. Later that year, Tony and his wife Michelle relocated to Tucson, Arizona, while continuing activism in national, state, and local drug policy reforms. After attending the 2019 Arizona Psychedelic Conference he experienced his first ayahuasca ceremony. Tony was able to end the old patterns of alcohol misuse and founded Decriminalize Nature Tucson as a platform to work on Arizona drug policy reforms. Tony is eager to join VAC drug policy reform efforts to insure all citizens seeking relief from emotional and physical trauma have access to plant medicine.
Michael Jay Green lives in the countryside near Charlottesville Virginia. An itinerant bookseller, he has worked numerous author events and custom crafted conference bookstores for conferences/symposiums nationwide since 1996. Background/experience includes service as Viet Nam (Brown Water) Navy Veteran; award winning Landscape Contractor (Kick Ass Cactus, Inc); Attorney at Law & Judge Pro Tempore (Tucson, Az), with a stint as Chief Trial Deputy in the Office of the Public Defender, American Samoa (at 139 pounds, not your typical Samoan attorney): A graduate of the University of Arizona (B.A. in Eastern Studies,1976, Cumma Sum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa etc.) and its School of Law (1983) Michael attended high school in Phoenix, Arizona.