Navigation Links
Military Veterans Struck Down by Lou Gehrig's Disease Honored on Mother's Day by The ALS Association with Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
Date:5/11/2009

Three military veterans with ALS and the widow of a military veteran who passed away from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) have placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a ceremony sponsored by The ALS Association.

Calabasas Hills, CA (Vocus) May 11, 2009 -- Three military veterans with ALS and the widow of a military veteran who passed away from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) have placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a ceremony sponsored by The ALS Association. (see photo right and photo caption below)

Jeff Faull, Ken Patterson, Jim Thew and Sharon Harrison were joined by people with ALS, families and caregivers of people fighting the disease, including mothers and fathers and military veterans from across the country.

Studies, including those conducted by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and Harvard University, continue to demonstrate that military veterans are approximately twice as likely as the general population to develop ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The ceremony was part of The Association's 2009 National ALS Advocacy and Public Policy Conference, which took place May 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

In September 2008, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published groundbreaking new regulations that establish a presumption of service connection for ALS regardless of where or when veterans served in the military or when they were diagnosed with the disease following discharge. As a result, veterans with ALS have full access to VA disability and health benefits.

Moreover, survivors of veterans lost to ALS also are eligible for compensation, regardless of when the veteran lost his or her fight against ALS. The Association was the leading organization advocating for this policy change.

ALS causes the progressive death of the motor nerve cells that operate muscles, robbing the brain of its ability to initiate and control movement. Approximately 30,000 Americans have the disease, for which there is no effective treatment or cure, and can expect to survive on average two to five years from the time of diagnosis. While the disease strikes people regardless of their age, race or gender, military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS as those with no history of military service.

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/05/prweb2408984.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Intercell Executes Multi-Year Contract for Supply of IXIARO(R) to the United States Military
2. Deployment Takes Toll on Military Moms and Teens
3. iCRco Adds New Facility to Serve the United States Military
4. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Concerned by Stigma of PTSD and Mental Illness in Military
5. Harris Corporation Awarded $14 Million Contract to Develop Multi-Hospital Military Health System Network with Image-Sharing Capabilities
6. Study finds that mothers military deployment affects health of women and teens
7. New G.I. Jobs Program Provides Hospitals a Cost Effective Way to Find Prior Military Health Care Workers
8. Leading Cause of Stress to Military War Veterans Key Topic at 35th Advanced International Winter Symposium
9. Walter Reed First Military Hospital to Use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Treat Depression
10. Iraq and Afghanistan Military Get Complimentary Help for Aching Backs
11. MinuteClinic Becomes Participating Provider for Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North, Insurer for Military Families
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Military Veterans Struck Down by Lou Gehrig's Disease Honored on Mother's Day by The ALS Association with Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. This new relationship ... of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional offers. , "TCA ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered ... both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ... , "Film editors can give their videos a whole new perspective by using the ... CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to ... a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June ... , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to ... is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the event that lice have ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Capricor Therapeutics, ... a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development ... patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized HOPE-Duchenne clinical ... 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor expects the ... quarter of 2016, and to report top line ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), ... company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Tenn. , June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... automating, integrating and transforming the patient payment ... of several innovative new products and services ... of its revenue cycle offerings. These award-winning ... more efficient workflows, remain compliant in an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: