Our mission at the SC Veterans Alliance is to provide Qualified California Military Veterans with top quality, lab-tested medical cannabis grown by fellow United States Military Veterans. The cornerstone of SCVA is our Veteran Compassion Program (VCP). Through the VCP every member of this collective receives FREE, top quality, lab-tested medical cannabis. It’s our way of honoring fellow veterans and assisting combat veterans who have service-related disabilities. This program allows our members to collectively have a voice in our organization and the cannabis movement.
SCVA strives to be a community for veterans and supporters to reach out to one another. We want to create a place for veterans to speak about their combat experiences and the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis, specifically as it relates to the traumas of war. We promote the medicinal benefits of cannabis and how to better address issues of pharmaceutical dependence, depression, anxiety, anger, and other ailments. The SCVA team also hopes to bring awareness to the issue of veteran suicide, which occurs at a staggering rate of at least 22 a day.
There is a veteran health epidemic going on in this country and we believe we have a powerful tool in fighting for veteran care. We do our part to reduce this heart breaking number through the healing power of medical cannabis, horticultural therapy and camaraderie.
The SCVA team believes that as military veterans we can take charge and lead the way when it comes to growing and providing this medicine. We strive to incorporate the skills and disciplines learned in the military to create a collective model based on pride, integrity, commitment, attention to detail, and service to others. The majority of our members do not have the means to grow their own medical cannabis or the finances to purchase it from a dispensary, therefore we collectively cultivate. By doing so we are able to provide free medicine to those members that need it the most.
Our members are United States Military Veterans that are mostly low income, and/or disabled, and the majority have seen combat either in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan. We have members that hold disability ratings from the VA for health issues including amputations to Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Crohn’s disease, and chronic pain. We have even unfortunately seen one of our veterans pass away from cancer. However, as a community we try and pull each other up through camaraderie, community, friendship, and compassion.
We not only cultivate for clean consistent medical grade cannabis, we also practice horticultural therapy. The calming influence of a plant-rich environment has been transformed into a therapeutic tool. Horticulture Therapy was historically used with servicemen returning from World War I and II as an opportunity for healing, stress reduction, exercise, and learning. Bringing a veteran into the cannabis garden teaches them a new skill, gives them community, allows them to know their medicine, and provides a peaceful environment. We believe through gardening that we are Cultivating Mindfulness by increasing observational skills, attention span, and fostering small moments of peace. Our veterans improve their strength, coordination and range of motion while working in the garden and for those who are not physically able to garden, even being amongst the group and plants provide a safe social space to interact, cooperate, and even be inspired by others with similar disabilities. This is what inspires our work, our beliefs, and our collective motto of Peace Through Cultivation.