Military service comes with a price for many veterans and active members of the Armed Forces, including both physical and mental health conditions. Thousands of military personnel return from active duty with trauma and physical wounds, which often lead them to become eligible for Veterans Affairs disability benefits. Depending on the person’s disability status, he or she may be eligible for disability compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Special Monthly Compensation (SMC), and a range of other veteran benefits.

One of the most effective and readily available treatments for the mental and physical wounds veterans often suffer is medical cannabis. Now legal for medical purposes in 33 U.S. states, medical marijuana can be used as a natural treatment alternative for a number of severe or debilitating health conditions. These include many of the ailments that veterans struggle with after returning from duty, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries, musculoskeletal injuries that cause chronic pain.

At Medical Cannabis Outreach, we thank veterans and active military personnel for their service, and we’re more than happy to help them get the natural treatment they need to live comfortably after returning from war. We have eight medical cannabis clinics in Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado, with cannabis-friendly physicians who can help you get approved for a medical marijuana card with your veteran discount. That being said, here’s what you need to know about getting a medical marijuana license as a veteran or a disabled citizen.

Evidence Of A Health Condition Or Disability

In order for vets and the disabled to qualify for a medical cannabis card, they must provide medical evidence that they have suffered a physical or mental wound. For veterans, this includes wounds that were obtained during service, as well as wounds that worsened significantly after they returned home. Examples of this include PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, as well as chronic pain from injuries that occurred during their service. If you fall into one of these categories, you’ll need to get a written recommendation from your physician before submitting a medical card application.

It is also important to note that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cannot give medical cards to veterans, even if they qualify for medical cannabis treatment. That’s where we come in. If you are worried that your primary physician won’t provide a recommendation for you to apply for a medical card, visit a medical cannabis clinic near you, or read some tips about how to talk to your physician about medical cannabis in one of our recent blog posts.

Discounted Medical Cards

Not only do many veterans and citizens on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) qualify for medical cannabis treatment, but they also qualify for a 50% discount on their yearly medical card registration. Normally, a one-year registration for a medical card costs $100, a two-year registration costs $200, and a three-year registration costs $250 for patients with severe or debilitating health conditions. However, patients who are disabled or have battle wounds are only required to pay $50 for a one-year medical card registration, $100 for a two-year registration, and $125 for a three-year registration.

At Medical Cannabis Outreach, our team works to ensure that all eligible veterans and patients on SSDI have safe and legal access to medical cannabis treatment via discounted medical cards. Unlike other medical card providers, we don’t charge an application fee for our services — we’re here to help you get approved and submit your application correctly so you can get the natural treatment you deserve. It’s all part of our mission to make medical cannabis treatment more accessible to patients who qualify for a medical card in Illinois, Colorado, and Missouri.

Apply For Your Discounted Medical Card Today

If you are suffering from an injury that occurred during your service with the U.S. military or you’re struggling with PTSD and are wondering how to get a medical marijuana card, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your options, or visit one of our medical cannabis clinics in Savoy, Chicago, Pekin, Harrisburg, Shelbyville, or Wood River. We also have two new medical cannabis clinics in Chesterfield and Loveland for patients who are ready to take the next step in their journey to wellness with medical cannabis and CBD oil. Come see us today!