Michael KrawItz
(Air Force)

Krawitz suffered injuries while serving from 1981 to 1986. He is now director of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access and one of the plaintiffs in the case Americans for Safe Access v. the DEA, which may lead to a rescheduling showdown before the Supreme Court. In 2010, he helped craft the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ policy on medi - pot, which allows vets to use it in states where it’s legal.

Eugene Davidovich

Davidovich served four years as a squid; he received medals, commendations and an honorable discharge. He is now a tireless medical cannabis advocate in San Diego. Davidovich operated a nonprofit collective until being busted by San Diego police in 2009. He currently works with Americans for Safe Access, trying to create a workable dispensary program with city officials.

Emanuel Herrera

Herrera was injured when his truck was hit by a bomb in Iraq. He got hooked on painkillers following his discharge to cope with his injuries and PTSD. Once medical pot was legalized in Arizona in 2010 -- but not for PTSD -- Herrera began using it, despite warnings from the VA hospital that it was unacceptable. He now lobbies to have PTSD added as a qualifying medical condition under Arizona law.

Bob WIley
(Air Force)

Vietnam vets still cope with physical and emotional damage from a war that ended long ago. Wiley was chairman of Veterans for 64, which advocated Colorado’s Amendment 64, after the state’s Department of Health refused to add PTSD to the list of qualifying medi - pot conditions. The amendment passed in November. Now vets can legally use marijuana as often as needed.