91 - Amber Capone & Johnathan M. Lubecky "MDMA therapy for wartrauma in civilians and veterans”

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Todays opic might seem like a harsh one. PTSD Post traumatic stress syndrome and how it could be healed with MDMA therapy or ibogaine soon. But the world should be informed what this looks like, especially in the current state. Civilians and veterans are suffering. We are exposed to a whole new situation of trauma and war, even just watching what is happening can cause re traumatisation. As heavy as this topic is, I firmly belief the knowledge around healing modalities should be out there. My guests today are real experts on the topic.Amber Capone is the Co-founder and Executive Director of VETS Inc. (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions, Inc. Co-founder and Executive Director ) a pioneering organisation providing resources, research, and advocacy for U.S. Special Operations veterans seeking psychedelic assisted therapies abroad. Amber has served as the engine behind the dynamic success of the VETS mission since it’s inception in 2019, raising funds to support hundreds of veterans, spouses, and Gold Star spouses, while also spearheading research and legislative initiatives at both the state and federal levels. A natural born complex problem solver, Amber is committed to fighting as hard for other veteran families as she did for her own following a tumultuous return to civilian life after her husband, Marcus’ 13 year career as a US Navy SEAL.

Jonathan M. Lubecky, U.S. Army SGT(R) , is the founder of Lubecky Strategic Direction, Veterans & Governmental Affairs Liason for MAPS, and VP Communications at Apollo Pact. He is a 12-year retiree of the U.S. Armed Forces, serving in both the Marine Corps and the Army. He has been a freelance journalist since 2014. Since 2016 he has been a Strategic Communications & Governmental Affairs Consultant advocating for psychedelic medicine and Veterans. Jonathan returned from a deployment to Iraq in 2006. Shortly after returning, he was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a traumatic brain injury. While battling PTSD, enduring multiple forms of treatment, and taking dozens of pills per day to manage symptoms, he attempted to take his life five times. While recovering from that fifth attempt in the hospital, he was instructed to “Google MDMA PTSD”. Beginning exactly 8 years after being released from active duty from Iraq, Jonathan began MDMA-assisted therapy in a MAPS Phase 2 study and completed the protocol in early 2015. As of November 22, 2022 he has been healed of PTSD as long as he had PTSD

Jon was appointed the National Veterans Director for the Rand Paul for President campaign. Realizing the potential of psychedelic medicine to heal his fellow veterans and the millions of Americans suffering as he once did, he has been involved in media, politics, and government affairs, with a focus on the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Media ever since receiving MDMA therapy.