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Melissa Martin: The tragedy of suicide when veterans who fought for us die by their own hands

Those who fought for our freedom are also dying by suicide on American soil.   “On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind,” proclaimed Dan Lipinski. In 2015, an average of 20 active duty service members, non-activated guard or reserve members, and other veterans died by suicide...

Kentucky Bluegrass Cannabis launches statewide grassroots campaign to promote medical marijuana

Kentucky Bluegrass Cannabis, LLC has launched a statewide grassroots campaign seeking to pass legislation that will legalize, regulate, and tax medical marijuana in Kentucky. The campaign – known as Compassionate Access and Relief Effectiveness (CARE) for Kentucky – advocates that citizens and policymakers support legislation currently before the Kentucky General Assembly to legalize medical cannabis. The...

Secretary of State meets with advocates to discuss ‘patient-centered’ medical marijuana legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday initiated discussions about Kentucky medical marijuana legislation with a panel of experts and advocates in Frankfort. Grimes announced the effort last week. “I came to Frankfort to help people, and there are thousands of Kentuckians who need and are begging for medical marijuana to help ease their pain,” said Grimes. “Today’s...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislative action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects...

Study shows volunteering improves physical, mental health for post-911 military veterans

Volunteering improves physical health, mental health and social outcomes for post-9/11 military veterans, according to a recent study co-authored by Karen Lawrence, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. The study is the first national study of civic service among United States military veterans and will be published in the February 2017 print issue of Psychiatry...

Veteran Benjamin Congleton rebounds from ‘low, low place’ to attend EKU, inspire others

Former Marine Benjamin Congleton suffers from post post traumatic stress disorder but considers attending Eastern Kentucky University ‘therapy’ as well as academic preparation. (Photo from EKU/Terrence Humphrey)   Special to KyForward   Like many of his some 1,300 fellow military veterans enrolled at Eastern, former Marine Benjamin Congleton suffers from post traumatic stress...