Medicinal cannabis is an incredibly effective tool for veterans challenged with managing the symptoms of their physical and emotional wounds. In honor of Veterans Day, Bryan Buckley a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, will share his story, discuss the health benefits of cannabis for those injured in service, and introduce the Helmand Valley Growers Company, a cannabis brand designed to benefit veterans.

Bryan Buckley served as a Special Operations Team Commander with the Marine Raiders. He has led multiple teams in Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara (Africa), Southeast Asia, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (Helmand Province), as well as deployed twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Helmand Valley Growers Company was founded by 3 United States Special Operations Veterans (Marine Raiders) to provide education, support, and cannabis products specifically suited for veterans. As a service-disabled veteran-owned business, HVGC is intimately aware of the daily challenges that their fellow veteran brothers and sisters face as a result of their time spent on the battlefield. Some of these wounds are not visible to the naked eye.

Veteran communities have been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic that has claimed countless lives in our country. Upon return to the United States from the military over half will become dependent/addicted. This has caused far too many vets to lose their way, and in an ever-increasing pandemic, take their own lives. The Helmand Valley Growers Company is committed to ending this epidemic and providing holistic tools to veterans who desire relief.
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    Bryan Buckley
    President and CEO of Helmand Valley Growers Company
    As a Special Operations Team Commander with Marine Raiders, Bryan led multiple teams in deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom-Trans Sahara (Africa), Southeast Asia, and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan (Helmand Province). Developed rapport with numerous host nation forces, enhanced capability, and capacity within the host nation units, and briefed US Ambassadors. Additionally, he led a 20-man Marine Raider Team to Afghanistan that mentored, trained, and conducted over 40 combat operations with an Afghan Special Operations Battalion. Bryan also deployed twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom with Marine Infantry and Marine Reconnaissance units.

    Bryan is an accomplished sales and operations leader. His credentials include a distinguished background in leadership, policy, training, management, operations, and strategic decision-making. Furthermore, Bryan is adept in negotiation, alliance formation, and organizational communication. His ability to forge productive partnerships among stakeholders and reach high-level decision-makers within sophisticated organizations helps ensure the free and productive flow of information. In addition, he counsels and assists those within and in association with governmental agencies, along with private sectors, to adopt best practices in compliance with applicable regulations and statutes. Bryan is a graduate of Villanova University.

    • Awarded Bronze Star Medal with “Combat Distinguishing Device” for Heroic Service
    • Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received during combat operations