Rolling Stone CoverAs everyone struggles to comprehend last week’s killings at Fort Hood, Rolling Stone Magazine is the latest to report on the rash of murders at Fort Carson that Dave Phillips wrote about for the Gazette in July.

Reading both of these pieces together points to what, in retrospect, seems horrifyingly obvious: the numbers of young combat soldiers suffering from PTSD are many and growing while the military’s ability to identify them and give them the treatment they need is beyond their capacity. Sadly, incidents like what happened at Fort Hood add to the complexity and such things are more likely to increase as our troops continue to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As with Jon Krakauer’s book Where Men Win Glory, which we’ve selected as the first book in The Big Something Book Club, which can learn more about HERE, we recommend reading the linked articles above to stay informed about this enormously important issue facing our entire region.

 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · If you’re giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.
 

November 24, 2014 | NPR · President Obama announced the defense secretary’s resignation Monday morning. Chuck Hagel clashed with White House adviser Susan Rice on Syria policy, and he never made it into Obama’s inner circle.
 

November 24, 2014 | NPR · More people will be driving and flying this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Gasoline isn’t the only thing that’s cheaper. Turkey is too, along with its companions, stuffing and cranberries.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin’s books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an “elusive magic.”
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. “He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long,” says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
 

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November 23, 2014 | NPR · Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse DiDi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.
 

Music

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November 24, 2014 | WXPN · Greta Morgan writes concise, breezy pop songs, each wrapped in a warm layer of psychedelic fuzz.
 

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November 24, 2014 | WXPN · The duo performs three of its burbling electronic pop songs live in the studio.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Benatar and Giraldo run through three of their classic songs: 1979′s “We Live For Love,” 1984′s “We Belong” and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981′s “Promises In The Dark.”
 

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