The Ice Bucket Challenge has spread awareness of ALS exponentially through social media, contributing $62.5 million in funds that will help the ALS Association (ALSA) find a cure, increase awareness and public policy and support individuals with ALS and their loved ones.
The ALSA defines Lou Gehrig’s Disease as “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord”. People who suffer from ALS gradually lose voluntary movement of their muscles, which can cause paralysis and even be fatal in its advanced stages.
But did you know that veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS (short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) than individuals who have not served in the military?
If you are a veteran who has been diagnosed with ALS, you may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It’s important to complete your application as quickly after you’ve been diagnosed as possible. Any benefits you’re entitled to, including compensation, are retroactive to the date of application for new applicants.
Even though there’s a high likelihood your ALS is connected to your service, a veterans’ disability attorney can help you build a successful case by keeping vital information organized, submitting your records on time and drawing from proven experience to fight for the benefits you deserve.