Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 9, 2010
On Monday night, December 6, 2010, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network (NCCPN) headquartered in Asheville, N.C. unanimously elected Mr. Perry Parks of Rockingham, NC as the new president of our organization.
Perry is a 30-year retired military officer, highly decorated, and featured in the Emmy Winning Documentary, "The Good Soldier" featured on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS last Veterans Day.
As Veterans Director of the NCCPN, Perry attended the Cannabis Therapeutics Conference in April 2010 in Rhode Island where research and studies were presented highlighting the efficacy of medical cannabis for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Perry Parks is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4), US Army.
During his 28-year military career, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars and was awarded the Air Medal 31 times. He spent 30 months flying helicopters in Vietnam and went on to fly for US Airways before joining Wendell Murphy (Murphy Family Ventures) as a their corporate pilot. He holds Airline Transport Pilot licenses in both Helicopters and Multiengine Business Jets with over 11,000 hours logged in both.
He also served the FAA as a DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) in the Charlotte Flight Standards District office in Charlotte for over 20 years.
The documentary film, "The Good Soldier", was awarded an EMMY and portrays his time as a combat pilot in Vietnam.
During a five-year period when not flying, He worked for Murphy Brown, a division of Smithfield Foods, as the Corporate Safety Director. Smithfield Foods has 40,000-plus employees.
Perry is married to Gale Parks and they reside with their two children, Kristie and Elizabeth in Rockingham. For the sports nuts, his grandson, Will Lowery, played every quarter of this season with the Alabama Crimson Tide where he was a walk-on two years ago. His Jersey is 29 and he made two interceptions and several tackles.
On Monday, December 6th, Mr. Parks attended the speech given by President Barack Obama in Winston-Salem and was personally thanked by President Obama for his service in the military. Mr. Parks was with the group from Senator Kay Hagen's office to encourage our president to stop the appointment of Michelle Leonhart as head of the DEA due to her policies regarding pain therapies and medical cannabis use.
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