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Groups team up to give free cannabis to veterans

DENVER, CO (KDVR/CNN) - Grow4Vets has been handing out cannabis to military veterans for a year in Colorado.

But the state’s medical board has just ruled not to recognize marijuana as a treatment for PTSD.

High There! a cannabis-sharing social network teamed up with Grow4Vets to host an impromptu rally on their Save a Million Vets Tour.

“Now we’ve created a tour around the country called the Save a Million Vets Tour,“ Co-founder and CEO of High There! Todd Mitchem said.

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In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas.

When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests, and to compensate those who had permanent injuries.

But the VA didn’t uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found.

NPR interviewed more than 40 living test subjects and family members, and they describe an unending cycle of appeals and denials as they struggled to get government benefits for mustard gas exposure. Some gave up out of frustration.

In more than 20 years, the VA attempted to reach just 610 of the men, with a single letter sent in the mail. Brad Flohr, a VA senior adviser for benefits, says the agency couldn’t find the rest, because military records of the experiments were incomplete.

“There was no identifying information,” he says. “No Social Security numbers, no addresses, no … way of identifying them. Although, we tried.”

Yet in just two months, an NPR research librarian located more than 1,200 of them, using the VA’s own list of test subjects and public records.

The VA’s Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Photo credits: (Top) Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal; (center) Naval Research Laboratory; (bottom) Kristian Thacker for NPR

Republicans hate veterans. Name one bill the GOP voted for that helps veterans. I can name a dozen they voted for that cut their social programs. Ex: GOP cut SNAP program that feeds 100,000s of current military families. Are our troops takers? Do they not work hard enough?

“Donald Trump had no right to say that. Period.”

“I don’t think Donald Trump has too many live brain cells between his ears to make a statement like that.”

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about because he never served.”

“In my opinion, Donald Trump is a draft-dodging piece of shit and does not have the right to comment on McCain’s service.”

This is what military veterans think about Donald Trump