FORA.tv Speaker - T.J. Thompson
T.J. Thompson is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served from 1998-2004. He was stationed on board USS Portland, LSD-37 from '00-03 and deployed to Europe in the Mediterranean Sea, South America, and in support of the Global War On Terror to the Persian Gulf in early 2003. During this time on the ship, he sought mental health treatment and was ostracized from the rest of his co-workers because of this decision. Against the recommendation of a military commissioned psychiatrist, his chain of command refused to discharge him and he remained in this hostile work and living environment. Because of this, he is now a disabled veteran and fights to not only help empower those who may be in a similar situation as he was, but also for the rights of his and other patients' (especially veterans) access to medical cannabis. Medical cannabis activism along with participation in the veterans' peace movement with groups such as Veterans For Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War have been tools he has used in helping himself as well as other veterans heal.
03.28.15 | 01:14:56 min
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