Veteran Sponsorship Program
At the heart of our program lies a mission to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and to improve their quality of life. We recognize the challenges that veterans often face, including physical and psychological burdens that can persist long after their service has ended. Our mission is to offer veterans access to alternative treatments through medical marijuana, empowering them to find relief from pain, PTSD, anxiety, and other ailments that may be impeding their path to wellness.
How it works
The Texas Medical Marijuana Doctor's Veteran Sponsorship Program operates on a simple yet profound principle: connecting sponsors with veterans in need. Sponsors, whether individuals or companies, have the opportunity to cover the costs of a veteran's medical marijuana evaluation visit. This act of kindness not only removes financial barriers but also symbolizes a community's support and gratitude for the veterans' sacrifices. Once a sponsor donates to a veteran, both the sponsors and the veterans will get updates on their sponsorships.
Participating sponsors will have the opportunity to witness the tangible impact of their generosity. You'll be updated on the progress of the veterans you've sponsored, sharing in their success stories and transformational journeys. Additionally, your support will be acknowledged through our program's recognition platform, showcasing the vital role you've played in the lives of these veterans.
Sponsoring a veteran's visit is more than a financial contribution—it's a gesture that echoes the respect and appreciation we hold for those who've served our nation. By participating in the Veteran Sponsorship Program, you play a direct role in a veteran's journey toward improved well-being. Your sponsorship facilitates access to potential relief from physical pain, mental anguish, and a chance for a better quality of life.
You will find our donation form below where anyone can make a donation to help sponsor a Veteran on our Wait List. Or you can browse our Veterans Sponsorship Wait List and view Veteran profiles and sponsor their visit directly.
How Your Donation Helps:
$0 -$299 - Adds to our Veterans Fund where Veterans are on a Wait List to have their sponsorship.
$300 - Covers a Veterans Medical Evaluation, Prescription, Certication, and Follow Up Appointments.
Donate Today, Make a Difference: Your donation, no matter the amount, brings us closer to our goal of ensuring that every veteran receives access to medical alternatives they deserve. Together, we can make a profound impact on their lives.
Veterans Currently Seeking Sponsorship
FAQs On Medical Cannabis Use For Veterans
What types of conditions can medical marijuana treat?
The FDA notes increasing interest in the use of cannabis to treat a variety of medical conditions, including glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and certain seizure disorders. Of the states that allow medical marijuana, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder are often qualifying medical ailments.
What are other possible benefits?
Advocates and researchers believe that legal access to medical cannabis could potentially alleviate the opioid addiction crisis that has been reported among veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 65% of veterans suffer from chronic pain and are twice as likely to die from an accidental prescription opioid overdose as non-veterans. As such, many veterans are looking for alternatives to highly addictive and potentially dangerous opioid medications—like medical marijuana.
According to USA Today, almost every VA facility has experienced a steady drop in its opioid prescription rates since 2012, with an overall decline of 41 percent. The VA is also continuing its efforts to promote safe prescribing practices and to address the broader opioid epidemic in the United States, which includes alternative therapies for its patients.
Can veterans get medical marijuana through the VA?
Currently, VA doctors cannot provide or recommend medical marijuana for veterans as the federal status for cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, making the drug illegal in the federal government’s eyes. Because of this, veterans should never bring any type of marijuana into a VA facility, even when provided through a state-sanctioned medical marijuana program.
However, veterans participating in a state-sanctioned medical marijuana program will not be denied VA benefits, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA providers are able to discuss cannabis use with veteran patients and adjust care and treatment plans as needed. Veterans are encouraged to discuss medical marijuana use with their VA providers as part of their confidential medical record. The VA will not pay for medical marijuana prescriptions from any source, nor will VA providers complete paperwork or forms required for a veteran to participate in a state-approved medical marijuana program.