At Cura, our gratitude and support for veterans stretches far beyond Veterans Day—it runs through the core of Cura as a company. Hiring and mentoring superstars is not something that we take lightly, and Veterans make up a crucial part of that equation. Not only are our vets an integral part of our company culture and consumer base, but they are key players when it comes to shaping the future of cannabis and communicating its ability to transform lives. To shine some light on the veteran experience and how important it is to cannabis culture, we’d like to introduce you to a few of Cura’s own vets so that they can give voice to what brought them here, and what drives them to push the industry forward.

Name: Gabriela Estrella
Military Rank: Specialist (E-4)
Branch: Army
Job: Supply
Position at Cura: Account Executive

Why did you join the military?

I wanted to join the military since I was a child. Then, when I was in high school, 9/11 happened and I’ll never forget that feeling. It was deeply sad, but also brought people together in an important way.

Why did you leave the military?

I left the military after having my daughter.

What do you miss about being in the military?

I really loved the military lifestyle and the camaraderie, it took me awhile to adapt to civilian life. To be honest, I still miss it every day.

What brought you to Cura?

When I got out, I became a certified life coach to work with veterans with PTSD and their spouses. Honestly, I spent way too much time in the V.A. clinic and witnessed the amount of pills that are being pumped into fellow Veterans—it was devastating. I’ve always had a passion for natural alternatives, which is what led me to finding Cura.

How has your experience at Cura been?

It’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience. The discipline and sense of urgency reminds me a lot of the military, as well as the bonds we build with each other. I love that we are all working for something greater than ourselves and providing a product that has the potential to transform lives. It’s an added bonus that I get to work with a lot of veterans. It feels like I meet a new Veteran everyday—whether it’s a budtender, patient, or worker. It makes me so happy that there are so many of my brothers and sisters looking for a better way to deal with their transition.

Name: Sean Harrie
Military Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
Branch: Marine Corps
Job: Intelligence Specialist
Position at Cura: Procurement

Why did you join the military?

I heard the call if you will. The pinnacle of challenge and adversity lies in the Marine Corps and I really wanted to push myself—it was a natural fit and I excelled in that environment. Plus, my older brother served in the Navy, but I knew I wanted to challenge myself more, so the Marine Corps was where I wanted to be.

Why did you leave the military?

I finished my time, fulfilled my purpose and felt that there were more things to achieve.

What do you miss about being in the military?

I miss the brotherhood of the Marines and the challenges I overcame. I was getting paid to have fun–and I miss that a lot.

What brought you to Cura?

When I first got out of the military I was rigid and constantly on guard. Using cannabis helped me feel myself again and breathe a little. So, when I saw an ad for a position at Cura I applied to it. It’s been a really good fit for me.

How has your experience at Cura been?

It’s been great. Cura is definitely a company that recognizes the value of a veteran and the leadership capabilities they pick up during their time in service. When you execute and put your skills to work, they notice it.

Name: Tianna Waite
Military Rank: Sergeant (E-5)
Branch: Army National Guard
Job: Public Affairs
Position at Cura: Public Relations Associate

Why did you join the military?

I wanted to prove to myself and family that I was capable of being my own person and could earn my way through college. Within 6 months I went from being a high school cheerleader to toteting a gun that was bigger than me.

Why did you leave the military?

I served 11 years, which included a combat tour. I had served my time and was ready to start my life outside the military. It was tough decision to make, but one I felt necessary. At the end of the day, I enjoyed my time serving my country, but I was ready to take on whatever lies ahead in my next chapters of life.

What do you miss about being in the military?

I miss the camaraderie. The people you serve next to truly become your family. When you leave, you leave a part of yourself behind.

What brought you to Cura?

After I got back from Afghanistan I found a lot of comfort working with Veterans. I worked at a Veteran-specific counseling center and the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program—a program designed to assist homeless Veterans with employment opportunities. I had seen a lot of my friends go down a bad road and it broke my heart. It made me curious about how cannabis was being used as an alternative to pharmaceuticals, and what I found was really affirming.  I knew I needed to find a place in an industry that had a positive impact on my community, so when Cura became an option for me I couldn’t refuse. I know the trickle down effect of what I’m doing now is going to reach veterans.

How has your experience at Cura been?

I came in and it was a fast pace that I was used to. We’re a close knit community with a lot of camaraderie. Also, sharing a mission with your coworkers is very indicative of what I learned in the military, so it’s been a nice transition.

Name: Rich Hellyer
Military Rank: Staff Sergeant (E-5)
Branch: Air Force
Military Job: Combat Engineer
Cura Position: Filling Lead

Why did you join the military?

It’s a family tradition to join the military. My dad served three tours in Vietnam and my grandpa was a 6-year POW (prisoner of war).  And honestly, I just wanted to serve my country and do my duty.

Why did you leave the military?

I was medically separated after 13 years due to a neck injury. I actually injured my neck prior to going to the desert, but re-aggravated it while I was over in Iraq. So, they sent me home 30 days early. It turned out that I could no longer wear my Kevlar (ballistic helmet), so I could no longer do my job.

What do you miss about being in the military?

I miss the morale and the family atmosphere. I loved going to work but still feeling like I was at home because I was around family. We all looked out for each other, we took care of each other, and we truly treated each other like family. That’s what I miss the most.

What brought you to Cura?

I have always been interested in cannabis. I researched cannabis for my senior report in high school, and since then it’s always been something I’m curious about. When I got home, I was introduced to a ton of pharmaceuticals—so when Washington legalized medical marijuana, I got my card and never looked back. It changed my life for the better. My experiences with cannabis contributed to me wanting to work within the cannabis industry.

How has your experience at Cura been?

From the moment I came into Cura for an interview, I knew I would enjoy working here. Instead of a normal interview situation, it was actually five or six of the coolest people that I have ever met—just talking to me about Cura’s job opportunities. Now, I have a sense of the family atmosphere that I had in the military. Cura is the only place I’ve felt that atmosphere beyond the military.

In Conclusion

The courage, bravery and strength of our Veteran community is what keeps Cura striving toward our goal to provide pure, potent cannabis to as many people as possible. From active duty to post-military, every part of our Veterans’  journeys reminds us of how important the human lives behind cannabis are and why we’re working towards something that truly matters.

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