Serving Those Who Served

Aired 10/20/17
From the Vietnam War to the global wars on terrorism, America's veterans face challenges obtaining the care they deserve.  On Insight’s season premier, we investigate the rising costs and an understaffed, overburdened VA system.

Resources for Veterans
Resources for veterans are widely available, but knowing where to look can be challenging/frustrating/overwhelming, especially for a veteran in crisis. Rocky Mountain PBS has sifted through hundreds of links from Veteran Affairs websites and other service providers to showcase some of the most useful. Explore resources >>

Insight Reports

RMPBS Veterans Coverage Featured in News Match 2017 Campaign

Last Updated by Joe Davidson on

To celebrate Veterans Day, "News Match 2017" featured journalists and newsrooms whose work has lifted up critical issues impacting veterans and their families, including our recent "Insight with John Ferrugia: Serving Those Who Served" report on the VA system in Colorado. Now through Dec. 31, 2017, donations made to RMPBS through Newsmatch.org will be matched 1:1 by national foundations.

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Colorado Homeless Female Veterans Undercounted, Underserved ​

Last Updated by Marybel Gonzalez on

The VA has succeeded in dramatically reducing the number of homeless veterans nationwide. But the number of homeless female veterans is increasing in Colorado and across the country. Could a lack of gender-specific treatments be to blame?

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Rural Vets’ Care Suffers as VA Searches for Thousands of Providers

Last Updated by John Ferrugia on

Nearly one in five Colorado veterans who live in rural Colorado are not getting the same care as vets in metropolitan areas. And even though the state government and Colorado counties help fund the gaps in veteran care with transportation, nursing care, and advocating for services, rural veterans are still lacking.

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Researcher: $2.1M Colorado-Funded Pot Study Facing Challenges

Last Updated by Lori Jane Gliha on

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a signature wound from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colorado is funding a study to determine if marijuana can be an effective treatment for veterans who suffer from PTSD, but researchers say VA rules about marijuana are hampering recruiting

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