Compensation offered to widows, vets with ALS

If you are a veteran afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or the widow of a veteran who died from ALS, you might be eligible for financial compensation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs cites a report from 2006 that reviews the development of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, among those who served in the military.

“Veterans are developing ALS in rates higher than the general population, and it was appropriate to take action,” said Dr. James B. Peake, former secretary of veterans affairs.

ALS, a neuromuscular disease that affects about 20,000 people in the United States, is often relentlessly progressive and almost always fatal. The cause is unknown, and available treatments might slow the progression of the disease but do not halt it.

If you know of a veteran who suffers from ALS or a veteran’s widow who passed away from the disease, contact the Shawano County Veterans Service Office at 715-526-9183.