August 05, 2017 | WES ABNEY
July 22, 2017 | Olympia | Military veterans of all branches of services stood with their loved ones on the steps of the State Capitol last month for one of dozens of 22 Too Many rallies held across the country in a coordinated call to save lives.
It was a day with scattered clouds and mostly blue skies that served to lift the moods of all. Veteran suicide is the cause, and they won’t give in until the dying stops. They lobbied to get PTSD on the list of qualifying conditions for Cannabis use, and won. Next on the agenda is Phantom Limb Pain, a tough condition many vets deal with by using hard drugs that cause more ill than good.
Twenty22Many is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of veterans to bring awareness to suicide and alternative therapies such as Cannabis to decrease suicides.
Patrick Seifert is the driving force behind this dynamic movement. He travels the country to bring awareness to the plight of those that serve, and have served, our Nation. He spoke of awareness and pushed for more qualifying conditions for Cannabis. He’s initiated a program that will put a vapor pen in the hands of veterans at risk. The pen is a product that is easy to use and comes with an indica cartridge for night time, and a sativa one for day use. Vapor pens are considered to be a better option for delivery and are discrete.
Senator Steve Hobbs spoke of veteran families being closer than some blood relatives. He was in his office on a Saturday because his National Guard unit is having summer drills. He got a pass from his commander at Fort Lewis to be with his fellow veterans to speak in support of the work Twenty22Many does on a daily basis. It is refreshing to see that not all legislators are out of touch and in the dark when it comes to this life-saving plant.
The Twenty22Many Organization will be actively engaging the legislature this year to continue advocating for veterans’ access to effective therapies by integrating new state regulations with the United States Office of Veteran Affairs. The cornerstone of the approach to ending veteran suicide is a series of educational forums for the community to attend, engage in and start healing the hidden wounds of war of our heroes.