Aaron Newsom is the Co founder and Director of Operations for the SC Veterans Alliance. He is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2004-2005 where he worked with an attack helicopter squadron on multiple forward operating bases throughout the eastern part of the country. He was honorably discharged in March of 2008. In 2013 he finished a degree in horticultural crop production and organic agricultural and began working with veterans and cannabis. His passion lies in the therapeutic value of growing cannabis and its medicinal ability to help reduce pharmaceutical dependence, specifically in veterans with service related ailments.