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Progress in Research on TBI and CTE

CDR Carl B. Forkner, USN(Ret)

Great story on 60 Minutes tonight. It discussed the scientific research being done on CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, an issue that affects both Veterans (especially combat Veterans) and high-contact sports players. It was a fascinating story and also has additional related segments on 60 Minutes Overtime.

Worth watching and reading:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-seek-veterans-for-final-act-of-service/

There are additional stories posted that are also focused on the research and progress being made to find ways to treat and reduce the effects of CTE — the chronic recurrence of TBI. These may not only help Veterans, but may also help athletes, including young athletes.


Just a short post, but information that I thought might be important to some of the people reading this Blog.

An Encounter with Living History

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

Today I was in the waiting room at a physician’s office waiting for the second round of my tests to begin. As I was sitting there, a gentleman and his daughter came into the room and sat down. Now,… Continue reading “An Encounter with Living History”

…a Day that will Live in Infamy…

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

Each year on December 7th, we commemorate the tragic event that triggered America’sremember pearl harbor sign entry into World War II with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to remember those who died when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941.

The attack just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, killed 2,403 American military personnel and civilians and injured 1,178. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II. Continue reading “…a Day that will Live in Infamy…”

Armistice, Remembrance, and Veterans

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

World War I. The Great War. The War to end all Wars. The Great World War I. The Florence Green - Last WWI Veteranconflict that consumed much of the Western world between 1914 and 1918 was referred to by many different names. It was the first time that new “innovations” in warfare were used as primary weaponry–tanks, airplanes, and chemical weapons. On February 4, 2012, the last surviving veteran of World War I passed away–Florence Green of Great Britain, at age 110.

Continue reading “Armistice, Remembrance, and Veterans”

Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

This is to honor the finest Fighting Force in the history of humankind on its 242nd birthday.

I actually had the opportunity to attend a number of Marine Corps Balls in my career to honor our sister service in the Department of the Navy. Continue reading “Happy 242nd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps”

Happy Birthday, United States Navy!

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

This is to honor the finest Navy in the history of humankind on its 242nd birthday.

I actually had the opportunity to attend a number of Navy Balls in my career. Likewise, I attended a number of Marine Corps balls — our sister service in the Department of the Navy. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, United States Navy!”

When a “Miracle” has an Unhappy Ending

CDR Carl B. Forkner, Ph.D., USN(Ret)

It was the height of the Cold War. We were still stinging from Congress’s mis-management of our involvement in Vietnam. Liberalism was sweeping America, changing the landscape of communities, congregations, schools, and families. The gas shortage of 1973 was over and compact cars were becoming the norm as rampant inflation gripped America during the Carter years. Ronald Reagan had just moved into the White House, with his first victory being the demarche–and threat–to Iran that if the hostages were not released by Inauguration Day, he was coming to get them…they were released before that day. BUT…there was also good news… Continue reading “When a “Miracle” has an Unhappy Ending”