Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Think Hard...

Do you know of someone who died from ALS many years ago? A neighbor, a coworker, a teacher, a grocer, a plumber?

If that person had served in the U.S. military (anytime, anyplace), his or her widow or widower is likely to qualify for VA Dependent and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).

It's quite possible that an elderly widow or widower struggling to get by is eligible for a monthly benefit and has no idea.

Military service plus a later (even much later) death due to ALS means that a surviving spouse qualifies for DIC.

It doesn't matter where or when the veteran served: it doesn't matter when the veteran died.

The VA can be reached at 1-800-827-1000. The Paralyzed Veterans of America can also be a big help in cutting through the red tape .

Please think hard and ask those widows or widowers if their spouses ever served in the military.

The opportunity to collect retroactive benefits has passed, but the continuing benefit is still available.

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