Is brain injury of boxers, football players striking veterans?

Boxers have suffered from it for decades. More recently, it’s been identified in football players and other athletes. Now, researchers are probing whether a disorder called C.T.E. might plague veterans who endured head injuries during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Sunday, doctors from the Brain Injury Research Institute will discuss on Front and Center: Military Talk Radio a study of the link between veterans and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,  a neurological disorder that can impact thinking and memory, can cause changes in changes in behavior and personality and can lead to dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

The first veteran found to have C.T.E was a Marine who struggled after two tours in Iraq, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof recently recounted.

The discovery “could be stunningly important,” Kristof wrote, and “could also suggest that the worst is yet to come, for C.T.E. typically develops in midlife, decades after exposure. If we are seeing C.T.E. now in war veterans, we may see much more in the coming years.”

Front and Center: Military Talk Radio airs on Sundays, 11 to noon PST on AM 1170 KCBQ with Internet listening available at http:www.kcbq.com by clicking on Listen Live. Podcasts are provided at www.defensetracker.com.

Gunnery Sgt. John Szczepanowski, the Wounded Warrior program coordinator at Camp Pendleton, will discuss successes, challenges and resources for Marines returning to civilian life. He’ll also explain where nonprofits are needed to step up and help.

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