We all have seen stories about warriors and veterans suffering from depression and other mental-health issues and those who have lost limbs or endure other physical hardships. These are serious issues that deserve our attention, especially on Veterans Day. Veterans are twice as likely to develop — and die from — Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS. Studies show that the disease that took the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig is striking our military heroes at an alarming rate.
ALS robs people of the ability to move, trapping them inside a body they no longer can control. People describe it as being buried alive. There is no treatment. No cure. Only death in an average of two to five years. As we remember our military heroes, I encourage readers to visit the Wall of Honor at www.alsa.org. Their stories of courage are worth your attention on this day.
Rosa Silveira, Miami