PANEL: Service Members & Family Share Experiences with Psychedelics

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Psychedelic Science Summit: Austin, Texas (November 1-3, 2019)

Speakers: SGT(R) Jonathan Lubecky, Amber Capone, Marcus Capone, Ian Benouis (Moderator)

Given the PTSD and suicide epidemic within the military and veteran communities, nothing should be left off the table in terms of treatment options. All potential options should be considered. Hear from veterans who have benefited from the therapeutic uses of psychedelics. Hear from voices of Veterans and veterans wife about how their lives were transformed through the careful use of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Sgt. Lubecky graduated from the Citadel in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. He served in both the Marine Corps and the Army from 1995 to 2009, with a four-year hiatus from 1999 to 2003. Throughout his service in both branches, he was deployed in active combat zones. This interview gives unique insight into both Sgt. Lubecky’s service and the posttraumatic stress disorder he lives with. Sgt. Lubecky’s battles with PTSD inspired him to become involved with Veterans Affairs and in politics as an active lobbyist for Veterans.

Amber Capone has a history of fixing, building, and tenaciously seeking solutions to complex challenges. She is now embarking on her most critical work yet, serving as Co-Founder and Executive Director of VETS. As her own personal and professional life began to unravel upon Marcus’s separation from the military, she became determined not to become a victim, but to pursue victory for her own family, as well as countless others who are suffering. Amber possesses a heart for serving others, and a steadfast determination to make a difference.

Marcus Capone is an entrepreneur and former Navy SEAL who spent a sizable portion of his 13-year military career deployed to a war zone. After Marcus’s transformational experience with Entheogenic medicines, he felt compelled to immediately begin helping friends who were also experiencing the same post-war challenges. Marcus has been involved with several start-up companies since leaving the military, and is the Co-Founder and Chairman of his charity, VETS: Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, Inc. VETS provides resources, research, and advocacy to improve the quality of life for U.S. combat veterans and their families. He is currently finishing his MBA at USC Marshall School of Business.

Ian Benouis, J.D., is a West Point graduate, former Blackhawk helicopter pilot, and former U.S. Army officer and combat veteran who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama, the biggest operation in history directed towards the War on Drugs. Ian has been healing himself for over 25 years with natural earth medicines and a spiritual practice. He is a student and practitioner of ethnobotany. Ian has organized and participated in numerous trips with veterans to Mexico, Peru, and other locations for ethnobotanical healing. This work has been captured in documentaries including: the just released "From Shock to Awe" and "Soldiers of the Vine." Veterans for Natural Rights (VNR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to veteran healing and reintegration.

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