As a part of my veteran work I’ve started writing again – initially at the invitation of one of the magazines I’ve known since I was a teenager – High Times – since that first article came out I’ve had a rash of others, and then podcasts and then I had the idea for a podcast of my own called “The Big Bridge” an effort to connect more veterans with civilians – more on that coming soon.
The BIG REORG is a talk-show I began making from home to try to remain sane during the lockdown. My fifth guest was Tom Foremski – owner and publisher of siliconvalleywatcher.com – and he offered me a slot to write a piece about what I’d learned about the BIG REORG since I began filming…
This is the best intro to how veterans came into my life – from my upbringing in the UK to my discovery of the veteran crisis whilst taking citizenship and what drove me to spend all of 2018 – in fact the entirety of my time as a US Citizen – trying to help spread awareness and education about their situation.
It’s the best prequel to VETSGROW there is. https://hightimes.com/activism/accidental-activist-snafu-vetsgrow
The second article for High Times was about why I think veterans and veteran suicide are often overlooked – something I call the “Schindler’s list” effect – and what I aim to do about it (spoiler alert – it’s called “Take the high road”)
Across 2019 I’ve been trying to take an argument to the cannabis industry at large – if you want to make cannabis legal – help veterans grow!
As part of the development of a startup AI/Neuromorphic Computing company I arranged several conference appearances and this article for the CEO whose native tongue was French. The board deemed it wise that a writer create the content on behalf of all C-Level execs so I wrote and placed “The Ongoing Quest for the Brain Chip” based on existing knowledge of the subject (I was in semiconductor publishing for 15+ years) and which appeared on the home-page of TechCrunch.com for 6hrs garnering 1800+ shares and over 10k views in it’s first week despite running during CES 2015 and being unrelated.
I was contacted by Rachel (the host of the cannabis heals me podcast) via twitter and she was such a kind host – it was my first time on a podcast. https://www.cannabishealsme.com/episode/ep-81-matt-grimshaw-vets-grow-cannabis-documentary/
When the host of “the talking hedge” reaches out and says “hi, you’re on camera” you speak up!
Interview with Phil Briggs of CBS’ “Eye on Veterans” who also hosts a podcast for ConnectingVets.com about VETSGROW and the plans for the future.