Florida Veterans Publicly Support Amendment 2

(Miami Beach, FL) – This Memorial Day, United for Care is proud to announce the support of 96 veterans in Florida, from all branches of the U.S. Armed Services. Medical marijuana access is significant to many veterans because of the pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana in treating chronic pain caused by loss of limbs and other combat injuries, but also for the potential efficacy of marijuana in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Florida has a rate of suicide amongst veterans that is more than triple their percentage of the overall population.


Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, said, “Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who have fought for our country, and in many cases, given their lives for our country. Today, nearly 100 veterans are honoring us by lending their names in support of medical marijuana in Florida. We proudly accept the honor and make this promise in return: veterans, and all sick and suffering Floridians, will be granted safe and legal access to medical marijuana in this state next year. We will not let you down.” 


The list includes such names as Marilyn Milne, of Miami, FL who served in the Navy as a combat nurse and naval officer; Richard Bacon, of Niceville, FL who served for 26 years on active duty before he was medically retired because of the mental and physical injuries he racked up during a career that included more than 50 combat missions; Robert Jordan, of Parrish, FL who served in the US ARMY in Vietnam and who suffers from PTSD. Mr. Jordan is a known medical marijuana activist in his community, he stated, "I know guys from Vietnam, like myself, and then I meet younger men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and we all have the same problems: PTSD, insomnia, TBIs, severe chronic pain due to combat injuries. So that tells me, what we're doing for our vets is not working and it's shame. Veterans need and deserve the option of medical marijuana."

The full list is below:

 

Leslie Agudelo, 25 years old, Miami Gardens, served in the US ARMY Reserves, supports medical marijuana use for her fellow veterans.

Stephanie Alexander, 52 years old, Tallahassee, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for her fellow veterans.

Georgiann Alfano, 62 years old, Sarasota, served in the US ARMY, suffers from TBI, MST, PTS, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Robert Andershon, 65 years old, Longwood, served in the US ArMY, suffers from bladder and soft tissue cancer.

Diana de Avila, 50 years old, Sarasota, served in the US ARMY, suffers from MS and fibromyalgia.

Richard Bacon, 48 years old, Niceville, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, TBI and severe, advanced arthritis.

Patrick Banish, 32 years old, Port Charlotte, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, tinnitus, and TBI.

Antonio Bay, 37 years old, Daytona Beach, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD, degenerative disc disease and myofascial pain syndrome.

Tony Beckham, 50 years old, Pace, served in the US ARMY and Air Force, suffers from fibromyalgia, panic disorder and major depressive disorder.

Clifford Benjamin, 64 years old, Beverly Hills, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD and advanced arthritis.

Ray Berilla, 66 years old, North Port, served in the US Navy, suffers from muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and prostate cancer.

Shawn Blake, 43 years old, Holiday, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD, depression, degenerative bone disease, and arthritis.

John Boyer, 67 years old, Bronson, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD and peripheral neuropathy.

Keith Brown, 26 years old, Mount Dora, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Kaeser Cabrera, 40 years old, Panama City, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, Type II Diabetes, severe anxiety and depression.

Scott Calhoun, 45 years old, Fort Pierce, served in the US ARMY, fully disabled, suffers from TBI and degenerative disc and joint disease.

Jeremy Call, 27 years old, Lake Worth, served in the US Navy, suffers from insomnia and generalized anxiety disorder.

Nicholas Cameron, 27 years old, Fort Myers, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD, insomnia and chronic pain.

Clark Carr, 57 years old, Pensacola, served in the US Air Force, suffers from degenerative disc disease, BPH and COPD.

Spyros Chialtas, 44 years old, Jacksonville, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Charles Cole, 32 years old, Orlando, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD and intermittent explosive disorder.

Phil Costello, 29 years old, Sarasota, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD and chronic pain.

Philip Crane, 71 years old, St. Pete Beach, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD and chronic pain.

Jim Davis, 68 years old, Jacksonville, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Tracy Dees, 50 years old, Port Richey, served in the US Air Force, suffers from MS.

Brian Drawdy, 28 years old, Plant City, served in the US ARMY, suffers from seizures and chronic migraines.

Mark Eckert, 55 years old, Sunrise, served in the US Navy, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Anthony Erlanson, Jr., 35 years old, Gulf Breeze, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD and chronic pain.

Aaron Estes, 25 years old, St. Petersburg, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, foot drop and nerve damage.

Haydon Fouke, 77 years old, Lecanto, served in the US ARMY Reserves, suffers from multiple myeloma cancer.

Michael Freeman, 34 years old, Orlando, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, chronic pain, and TBi.

George Frisby, 42 years old, Tallahassee, served in the US Marines and Navy, suffers from PTSD and severe migraines.

Victor Garza, 56 years old, Mt. Dora, served in the US ARMY, suffers from arthritis and restless leg syndrome.

Grant George, 32 years old, Cape Coral, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD and advanced arthritis.

Steven George-Brown, 60 years old, Lehigh Acres, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Charles Gerhart, 60 years old, Spring Hill, served in the US Air Force, suffers from tremors and chronic pain.

Mark Godomski, 50 years old, Port Charlotte, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD, MS, and chronic pain.

Mike Gonzalez, 25 years old, Orlando, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Luke Graham, 44 years old, Punta Gorda, served in the US ARMY, suffers from advanced arthritis, GERD and chronic pain.

Chris Graves, 26 years old, Valrico, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD.

Mark Hilton, 51 years old, Jacksonville, served in the US ARMY, suffers from Crohn’s disease.

Dustin Hurley, 26 years old, Gainesville, served in the US Navy, suffers from anxiety disorder, ADHD and adjustment disorder.

Robert Jordan, 67 years old, Parrish, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD.

Jeff Lahman, 47 years old, Jacksonville, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD and fibromyalgia.

Mario Larin, 38 years old, Miami, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD, chronic pain and herniated discs.

Christian Lee, 21 years old, St. Petersburg, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD.

Cj Lock, 31 years old, Valparaiso, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD.

Charlie Lyman, 68 years old, Naples, served in US Air Force, suffers from PTSD.

Nicki Marshall, 32 years old, North Miami, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD.

Michael Martin, 67 years old, Spring Hill, served in the US Navy, suffers from hepatitis C.

Shawn Mellow, 51 years old, St. Petersburg, served in the US ARMY, suffers from scoliosis and clinical depression.

Paul Mills, 51 years old, Brooksville, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD, insomnia, depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Marilyn Milne, 49 years old, Miami, served in the US Navy, supports medical marijuana use for her fellow veterans.

Randall Mobbs, 35 years old, Panama City, served in the US Army, suffers from PTSD.

Giuneur Mosi, 40 years old, Weston, served in the US Marines, supports medical marijuana for his fellow veterans.

Theodore Murray, 64 years old, Vero Beach, served in the US Navy, suffers from depression, hepatitis C and chronic pain.

Michael Nelson, 63 years old, Port Orange, served in the US ARMY, suffers from bi-polar disorder.

Ted Norton, 62 years old, Orlando, served in the US Air Force, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Chip O’Donnell, 60, Jacksonville, served in the US Army, suffers from arthritis, COPD, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and chronic pain.

Tom O’Neil, 42 years old, Deerfield Beach, served in the US Marines, suffers from TBI and PTSD.

Ray Padilla, 53 years old, Longwood, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Richardo Padilla, 31 years old, Apopka, served in the US Navy, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Tommy Pendleton, 62 years old, Daytona, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD and anxiety disorder.

Juan E. Perez, 45 years old, Lake Mary, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD and spinal stenosis.

Hansel Perez-Valdivia, 28 years old, Miami, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD, arthritis, TBI, chronic migraines and chronic pain.

Joe Perrigoue, 35 years old, Port St. Lucie, served in the US ARMY, suffers from TBI and chronic migraines.

Jacob A. Peterson, 40 years old, Largo, served in the US ARMY, suffers from bi-polar and spinal injury.

Stephen Podrecki, 54 years old, Holiday, served in the US Navy, suffers from degenerative disc disease, tinnitus, hypertension and insomnia.

Jordan Raiff, 30 years old, St Petersburg, served in the US ARMY, suffers from chronic migraines and chronic joint pain.

Steve Reden, 73 years old, Fernandina Beach, served in the US Marines, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Ken Revalee, 63 years old, Hernando, served in the US ARMY, suffers from COPD, arthritis and chronic pain.

Stefanie Reynolds, 31 years old, Clearwater, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Michael Rizzo, 71 years old, Boynton Beach, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Andre Rodriguez, 23 years old, Fort Lauderdale, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Lloyd Ross, 67 years old, Valrico, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD and tinnitus.

Matthew Schimmel, 31 years old, Orlando, served in the US Marines, suffers from TBI and seizures.

Rory Schlosberg, 31 years old, Lake Wales, served in the US Air Force, suffers from PTSD , depression, and anxiety.

Jacob Shalls, 32 years old, Apopka, served in the US Marines, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Scott Shubert, 42 years old, Jacksonville, served in the US Navy, suffers from PTSD.

Garry Spencer, 83 years old, Tampa, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Matthew St. John, 36 years old, White Springs, served in the US ARMY, suffers from TBI and bi-polar disorder.

Jack Stiegelman, Jr., 34 years old, Port St. Lucie, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, insomnia and chronic pain.

Jack Stine, 27 years old, Port Richey, served in the US Army, suffers from PTSD and anxiety.

Vincent Sylvester, 54 years old, Palm Bay, served in the US Air Force, suffers from chronic myeloid leukemia.

Michael Thompson, 42 years old, Gainesville, served in the US Air Force, suffers from depression, PTSD and severe anxiety.

Shannon Tuimalealiifano, 40 years old, Land O’ Lakes, served in the US ARMY, supports medical marijuana use for her fellow veterans.

Sualauvi Tuimalealiifano, 36 years old, Land O’ Lakes, served in the US ARMY, is a quadriplegic and suffers from TBI and SPI.

Susan Turner, 50 years old, Altamonte Springs, served in the US Air Force, suffers from severe depression, fibromyalgia, CVID, insomnia and chronic pain.

Edwin Vazquez, 34 years old, Hollywood, served in the US Navy, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Timothy Von der Heyde, 49 years old, Casselberry, served in the US Navy, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

James White, 65 years old, Sarasota, served in the US ARMY, suffers from anxiety-triggered PTSD.

Joshua White, 37 years old, Clearwater, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, major depressive disorder and TBI.

Tim Whitman, 25 years old, Pensacola, served in the US Marines, supports medical marijuana use for his fellow veterans.

Brandon Woolsey, 38 years old, Boca Raton, served in the US ARMY, suffers from PTSD, nerve damage and chronic pain.

Nick Wray, 32 years old, Tampa, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD.

David Zeigler, 66 years old, Salt Springs, served in the US Marines, suffers from PTSD and glaucoma.

First Name Kathy
Last Name Leslie
Gender Female
Race/Ethnicity white
Are you willing to share your story publicly? Yes
Are you willing to talk to the press? Yes
Do you have any previous media experience? Yes
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-On camera no
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-First name only no
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-Print only no
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-Anonymously no
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-At events no
How publicly would you be willing to speak?-Open to anything yes
Address 650 Seabrook Parkway 650 Seabrook Parkway
Jacksonville Florida 32211
United States
Best number to reach you at 904-476-3859
Email kathyleslie95@yahoo.com
Best time to call you. 08:00 AM
How old are you? 55-64
Which best describes you?-Patient no
Which best describes you?-Potential Patient yes
Which best describes you?-Former Patient no
Which best describes you?-Family of Patient no
Which best describes you?-Friend of Patient no
What is the underlying condition or illness that you or your family member/friend has that is driving your support? Crohn's Disease
Why do you support medical marijuana? I think studies show the efficacy of Medical Marijuana in treatment of many diseases. The side effects of conventional pharmaceuticals can be dangerous and even life threatening. As an American, I should have the right to choose, regardless of where I live, the best treatment for my chronic illness.
2. Why do you believe medical marijuana would benefit you/your loved one, etc? After researching the uses and benefits of Medical Marijuana, not just with Crohn's but other auto-immune diseases, I feel... what harm would come allowing myself and people like me to try using MM. If it doesn't work or no benefits are seen then I've lost nothing. But what if it works? As others I've heard have testified to. I should be given that opportunity; without having to leave my family and moving to another state. I have been on many therapies for Crohn's Disease, starting back in 1991 when I had my first bowel re-section. Each case of Crohn's is different, as is every human being.
Do you currently use marijuana for your illness? Yes
If yes, does your doctor know and do they support this decision? No
If yes to the last question, do you think your doctor would be willing to speak on behalf of medical marijuana? Not sure
Had you used marijuana prior to your (or your family/friend's) illness/condition? Yes
Did you support medical marijuana prior to yours (or your family/friend's) current circumstances? Yes
If you answered yes to the last question, in what context did you use marijuana? Never had access to medical marijuana. Started smoking recreationally in my late teens. I liked the calming feeling. I've been busy raising 5 children so I wasn't into alcohol or other substances. To me, marijuana was like having a glass of wine in the evening. It was something I did at the end of the day when everything else was done and I could sit and relax.
Have you ever been arrested for using medical marijuana? No
Have you ever been arrested for using any controlled substance? No
Have you been arrested for anything in the last 10 years? No
Are you currently employed? No
If employed, what is your current occupation?
If employed, what is the name of your employer?
Could your support or speaking out for medical marijuana endanger your employment or benefits? Not sure
Are you currently an active volunteer with United for Care? No, sorry I can't or am not interested

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