Colin Bond is a service-connected disabled veteran from Dixon, Illinois. Serving as a Marine Infantry Rifleman from October 2000 to October 2004, he was twice called upon to deploy. First, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and later Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, he answered the call to his nation. Shortly after returning, he started down the path of pill and alcohol addiction to cope with the traumas of war. Turning to the VA for support, he found that the politics surrounding the use of a natural alternative to the multiple pills were polarizing and not in the best interest of our veterans.
In 2016, Colin became an Illinois cannabis patient and has since addressed and overcome his struggle with addictive medicines. Finding this new and natural alternative, he was able to lessen the number of VA-issued anti-psychotics, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications that he was prescribed and wants to share his message. Colin is a co-founder of Operation 1620, a peer support group that aims to assist veterans that make the choice to move from pharmaceuticals to natural medicine. What began as a small group has now become a growing organization with a mission to provide a platform for other veterans to share their experiences in a friendly and trusted manner.
Operation 1620 is comprised of veterans from across the nation and offers a sense of camaraderie and discussion surrounding the struggles that medical marijuana has helped. They are currently raising money with a goal to start a veteran suicide hotline, provide veterans support and assistance with obtaining access to medicine, and to offer support and open dialog among like-minded peers.