The Canadian Press
Date: Friday Oct. 15, 2010 8:36 AM ET
OTTAWA — The federal government is boosting support for veterans suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn is slated to announce later today that veterans suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, can now receive disability benefits, treatments and home care support they may not have been eligible for before.
Sources tell The Canadian Press all known cases will be covered and families will be eligible for some support.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper told an interviewer last month that officials have been made aware of concerns over how veterans with ALS may be handled.
He said the issue would be addressed "in the not-too-distant future."
This is not only important to the veterans, but it also raises the problem on the worldwide radar. Now if someone would only do more studies on more nations' military veterans to see if increased ALS incidence is an American or North American phenomenon... or something else...