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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

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.

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