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Feb 22, 2007
It's Official!
VA to Grant Benefits to All Veterans with ALS

We did it! Tomorrow, September 23, the Veterans Administration will publish regulations officially establishing ALS as a service connected disease! Effective immediately, all veterans with ALS will now have access to the highest level of VA benefits without having to prove that their disease was caused by service in the military.

This is a tremendous victory for all veterans and is the culmination of years of work by The Association, our VA Issue Team and veterans across the country. It is clear that our outreach - testifying before Congress, partnering with the VA, advancing research to identify the connections between ALS and military service and educating the public about this issue - have paid off. The Association has championed legislation (H.R. 5454) that would have established ALS as a service connected disease. However, thanks to our efforts at Advocacy Day and throughout the year, this legislation no longer is needed!

ALL Veterans with ALS Eligible for Benefits

This new policy means that ALL veterans with ALS will receive the benefits they need, deserve and have earned. Importantly, it is broad in scope and applies to all veterans diagnosed with ALS regardless of when or where they served and regardless of when they were diagnosed with the disease following service in the military. A summary of the regulation can be found here. The text of the regulation is available here.

Tomorrow and in the coming days, The ALS Association will post additional information about the regulation, including answers to frequently asked questions, an overview of benefits available to veterans with ALS, as well as guidance veterans can use to obtain service connected veterans benefits.

The ALS Association would like to thank VA Secretary James Peake, Congressman Henry Brown (R-SC) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their efforts to work with us and the ALS community in support of veterans across the country. We also would like to thank all veterans with ALS whose outreach to Congress has helped make this important benefit possible.

Additional information will be available on our website on September 23. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Advocacy Department at [email protected].


Although this is excellent news right now we need to remain focused on the registry. If all goes well we'll have two reasons to celebrate tomorrow.
Hi Zen, Found this post on page 3. I see there was no response . I responded to your other post , Let's HOPE we see a break thru for all our PALS! My Best to you, Beebe
Veterans with ALS Making a Difference

This is just wonderful news!

Thanks to Jeff Faull from the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Brigadier Gerneral Tom Mikolajcik, USAF (RET) from the South Carolina Chapter, Jim Thew from the Greater Chicago Chapter in bringing ALS awareness to the fore front to Members of Congress.

Now lets get the ball rolling for the National Registry for ALS and stop this horrible monster in its tracks.

Anything is possible and it is long overdue!

Great News

Jeff, thank you for all the hard work you've done on behalf of vets and ALL PALS.
Great news, I will contact the VA soon to get details on my Dad's situation. In the interim does anyone know how this plan works, for example my Dad is in a nursing home paying out of pocket each month. His funds will eventually run out so will he be eligible for VA support now or after he can no longer pay.
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