Council Members

         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.

     Ricardo Pereyda is from Tucson, Arizona. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, he joined the United States Army Military Police Corps. A veteran of the war in Iraq, Ricardo received an honorable discharge and was medically retired from the M.P. Corps in 2009.

       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.

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