VAC Council Member Robert Kowalski
Robert Kowalski is the Founder and President of Veterans Ending the Stigma, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization formed from the observed experiences that the legislative, as well as the ballot petition process to legalize cannabis in the Great State of Ohio had to offer, the founding members of Veterans Ending The Stigma detected an express requirement to form a social welfare organization specifically catered towards designing educational programs and services that can provide specialized education to other, uniformed veterans and prominent community leaders, but also act as an avenue of communication between constituent and policymaker in an attempt to shine light upon those issues which affect veterans most.
Through practical dialogue and innovative education, Veterans Ending The Stigma aspires to resolve numerous stigmas commonly correlated with veterans, from opinions about mental illness and homelessness, to the utilization of cannabis for Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain injury, and chronic pain, etc.
At Veterans Ending The Stigma, we believe our integrity, our entrepreneurial ethic, and our diversity to be among our most valuable assets. What we currently lack in liquidity, we most certainly make up for in knowledge, motivation, and gumption. Our Board of Directors is varied in both work and life experience. We consist of veterans as well as civilian personnel whose specialized skills range from law enforcement, criminal justice, and political science, to rehabilitative services and pharmacology. Together, we can return respect to those who gave their all.
At Veterans Ending The Stigma; we know that cannabis is medicine, that homelessness is merely a condition of circumstance, not a reflection of who you are as a human being, and that mental illness is not a choice, never something to feel ashamed of.
Our objective is stigma destruction. Our preferred outcome sought is the normalization of medicinal cannabis use, standardized education of all thing’s cannabis, and concomitant training to accompany said utilization and education within contemporary, civilized society.
Robert served in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Member and deployed twice to Iraq with conjunction to Operation Iraqi Freedom. After discharge Robert was diagnosed with PTSD along with other conditions and was given a disability rating of 90% with Individual Unemployability through the Veterans Affairs.
Robert has since attended over 10,000 hours of Cannabis Education, volunteered at a large scale cultivation site, conducted presentations in 8 different states, assisted in the creation of a veterans clause in Ohio’s medical cannabis program, is a collaborative member of ASTM’s Cannabis Standards, represented cannabis at the United Nations in March 2019, Patient Representative on the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Programs Advisory Board, as well as received certificates of completion or participation in the areas of Treating PTSD and Suicide Risk, EPEC for Veterans-Pain Management Web-Based Module and Endocannabinoids in the Circulation and Psychopathology.