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May 10, 2010 4:32 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fort Carson preps to care for returning soldiers

As the 4th Brigade Combat Team return home from Afghanistan, Fort Carson says it is poised to treat soldiers who may be suffering depression, anxiety, nightmares and brain injuries after a year at war.

Nearly 200 of the brigade's 3,800 soldiers have arrived at Fort Carson since late April, and more will arrive through June. Col. John Powell oversees the post's Soldier Readiness Center, which medically screens the returning soldiers.

Powell says that during preliminary assessments in Afghanistan, 21 soldiers were listed as "red," meaning the Army considers them a potential danger to themselves or others. About 920 were flagged to receive a closer-than-normal look after returning to post.

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