For many veterans in out-of-the-way locations, getting medical care at a VA facility can be expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. Telemedicine is changing that, providing access to doctors over the Internet.

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Ten years after the start of the war in Iraq, veterans are increasingly struggling with substance abuse, which often goes hand in hand with post-traumatic stress disorder. A recent study shows that one out of five active duty service members say they drink heavily. As the numbers grow, so does the need for programs aimed at helping heal these invisible wounds. One of the places offering such programs is Haven Behavioral War Heroes Hospital in Pueblo, which opened in 2009. KRCC’s Shanna Lewis has this profile of the facility, which brings together staff with military backgrounds to focus on soldiers coming home from current wars.

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Colorado boasts the least obese population in the country, but Governor John Hickenlooper told a crowd in Aspen earlier this week he’s now trying to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation…Regional airports throughout Colorado will share 15.6 million dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, including airports in Lamar and LaJunta…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County.

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Colorado’s utility regulators don’t follow state travel policies and don’t keep adequate track of private meetings with the industries they regulate…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County…Larimer County sheriff’s officials say a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado was started by lightning.

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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A newly published study on health ranks Pueblo County near the bottom of 59 reviewed counties in Colorado, coming in with an overall rank of 54…and, as Olympians prepare to head to London for this year’s summer games, the third annual Warrior Games will have some competitors from across the Atlantic too.

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The USDA is funding a pilot program aimed at supporting veterans interested in farming. The program will be mid to late March in both Nebraska and Kansas, but also reaches out to veterans in other states, including Colorado. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

More information is available through the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Governor Bill Ritter may be forced to cut another $189 million from Colorado’s budget because of a sluggish economic recovery and lower-than-expected revenues…Congressman John Salazar (D) is asking the House of Representatives to establish a database listing awards earned by U.S. servicemen and women…and, a dissident Anglican church in Colorado says its pastor has agreed [...]

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Former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo is officially throwing his hat into the ring to become Colorado’s next Governor…The government says patients treated at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics will be able to use medical marijuana in the 14 states where it’s legal, including Colorado.

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As lawmakers look for solutions to mental health problems among veterans, a Colorado Springs group has its own ideas for dealing with the problem. They were on Capitol Hill this week touting an approach they say is simple. Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.

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Memorial Day means many things to many people, but it’s truly a day set aside to honor those who have died in military service. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio station KWMV in Westcliffe, Shanna Lewis brings the voices of three veterans reflecting on what Memorial Day means to them.

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Colorado Springs is home to the United States Olympic Committee and Training Center, where athletes from across the country come to train and compete. But this week, the city plays host to the Warrior Games, with an invitation to 200 injured athletes from the country’s military branches. It’s geared toward wounded, ill, or injured veterans, [...]

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A Veteran Trauma Court is officially opening today in Colorado Springs to help veterans who may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or other war injuries…Otero County officials have taken the first steps toward finding out if they can develop a renewable energy industry in the region…and, the House Finance Committee yesterday killed a [...]

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President Barack Obama’s new federal budget proposal includes more than 5-billion dollars for veterans’ mental health. That could be good news for Fort Carson soldiers like Marquez Berrian, who has post-traumatic stress disorder. He travelled to Washington last week with the Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group, to find federal support for a local program he [...]

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Southern Colorado may be closer to getting a new veterans cemetery, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…A new report on keeping agricultural land and other open spaces from being developed says Coloradans reap $6 in benefits for every $1 invested…Starting today, the City of Colorado Springs will turn streetlights off in an effort to save money…and, the [...]

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Both of Colorado’s Senators helped move a health care reform bill one step closer to final passage, but now the amendment process begins…and, Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group seeks to use a 290-acre estate to help veterans make a transition to home life.

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Veterans Affairs officials are late sending out tuition checks for student veterans, including some in Colorado. That has some returned soldiers worried they may not get the education they’ve been promised. Peter Granitz reports from Washington.

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