Raymond Schwab is a 40-year-old Gulf War veteran. He served from 1994 to 1996 in the Navy and later qualified for a 50 percent disability rating. He lived in Colorado when the state legalized medical marijuana and obtained his own card.
The turning point in his family life began with a VA job offer in 2013. He went to Topeka to work as a benefits agent for fellow veterans. “I loved it. I loved my job,” he said tearfully. But two years later, he decided to transfer to a VA job in Denver, where medical cannabis is legal. That’s when a family squabble led to the loss of five children aged 5 to 16.