The panel features three US military veterans, each of whom has worked for organizations that promote awareness and treatment of mental health issues among veterans, with particular emphasis on the use of psychedelic-assisted treatments. Following introductory remarks from each of the panelists, the meeting was devoted to Q&A.
Ian Benouis is a West Point graduate, former US Army officer and Blackhawk helicopter pilot who participated in Operation Just Cause in the Republic of Panama. He is the General Counsel for the Mission Within. He has been working with veterans and earth medicines over seven years and has taken veterans to Peru and Mexico for healing.
Jesse Gould is a former Army Ranger and founder of Heroic Hearts Project which connects military veterans to psychedelic treatment options. Jesse has been working in this space for nearly five years and has led numerous veterans to life-saving healing all over the world. Heroic Hearts Project has worked with numerous universities to forward our understanding of psychedelics and has been involved with policy change on state and federal levels.
Mike O’Dowd spent over nine years in Naval Special Warfare with extensive combat operations experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as a JTAC, Intelligence Analyst, Lead Breacher, Communications Specialist and various other qualifications for his team. He spent his last three years in the Navy teaching combat shooting and helping to develop the modern-day Combatives program at the Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS). He has an MBA from University of California, San Diego and a Bachelors from Boston University. Mike now consults with Field Trip Health on their Basecamp Veteran initiative, which brings ketamine-assisted therapy to veterans and first responders.