Veterans Cannabis Project
The Veterans Cannabis Project is the
leading national organization dedicated to
improving US military veterans’ quality of life
through access to cannabis for medical purposes.
The United States faces a significant challenge in effectively treating veterans’ combat and non-combat related healthcare issues. The number of military veterans suffering from internal wounds has reached epidemic proportions. It is estimated that post‐traumatic stress affects up to 20 percent of active service members. Between 2000 and 2014, over 300,000 service members were diagnosed with some form of Traumatic Brain Injury. The effects of combat-related stress and prolonged deployment cycles can be devastating, and they manifest differently across individuals and families. Recent studies estimate that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide every single day.
The Department of Veterans Affairs was neither prepared nor equipped to address, prevent or combat these problems leaving veterans with limited and inadequate treatment options. Veterans and service members face long delays for intermittent, ineffective care, and are often placated through “cocktails” of prescription drugs, including powerful and addictive opiates. The current arrangement is not meeting veterans’ healthcare needs. However, there is one major healthcare treatment option that veterans are turning to in increasing numbers, even as the VA is unable to talk about it: cannabis, also known as medical marijuana.
Our Mission is to Support All Veterans
Who We Are
The Veterans Cannabis Project (VCP) is the leading national organization dedicated to helping military veterans improve their quality of life through access to cannabis for medical purposes. VCP Founder and CEO Nick Etten is a former Navy SEAL officer and graduate of the US Naval Academy. Nick has a strong track record in building strong organizations as both an investment professional and senior corporate executive.