Your Views: Remember veterans who are battling ALS

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The press has done a very good job of reporting about the challenges our veterans face. We all have seen stories about our wounded warriors. About traumatic brain injury, depression and other serious mental health issues. About those who have lost limbs or other physical hardships. These are serious issues that deserve our attention, especially on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). What also deserves our attention, but which gets much less press, is the fact that military veterans are twice as likely to develop—and die from—Lou Gehrig's Disease as those who have not served in the military.

Yes, studies show ALS is striking our military heroes at an alarming rate. It doesn't matter when or where they served in the military; home or abroad, peace or war, from World War I to Afghanistan. Those who served are at greater risk.

So as the press calls attention to our military heroes on Veterans Day, I hope they remember those heroes who are fighting for their lives against ALS. Visit the Wall of Honor at www.alsa.org. There you will see military heroes who are fighting ALS and those who have been lost to the disease. Their stories of courage are worth your attention this Veterans Day.

My husband lost his ALS battle in 2009. He thought he didn't deserve a medical disability. Thanks to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, he learned otherwise. Thank a veteran today, including those struggling with ALS!



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