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How a nonprofit helps veterans with cannabis and video games

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At Stack Up, a nonprofit serving U.S. veterans across the country and the world, playing games is part of the firm’s mission. Founded in 2015 by Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, a former Army Infantry/Military Intelligence Officer and Airborne Ranger, he served in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division for 13 months. What helped him get through that “seemingly endless” time was video games.  After leaving the service in 2006, Machuga worked in Washington DC as a government counterterrorism analyst and also did charity on the weekends. That charity work is where he found his calling: creating an organization that helps US and Allied military members get through deployments to combat zones and recover from traumatic physical and emotional injuries with the power of video games.  Since its founding in 2015, Director of Communications Brian Snyder,  the self-confessed “only civilian in the bunch,” says that the organization has served approximately 33,000 former and current veterans with meaningful services such as the Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP) which provides 24/7 peer-to-peer mental health support; the Supply Crate program which sends video gaming consoles to deployed veterans; Air Assaults, which are all-expense paid trips for veterans to attend gaming conventions; and the Stacks,…

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