ALS in the Military

Existing evidence supports the conclusion that people who’ve served in the military are at a greater risk of being diagnosed with ALS and dying from the disease than those with no history of military service.

As outlined in this paper, study after study continues to demonstrate this to be true: If you serve in the military, regardless of the branch of service, regardless of whether you served in the Persian Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea or World War II, and regardless of whether you served during a time of peace or a time of war, you’re at a greater risk of dying from ALS than if you hadn’t served in the military.

We’re asking these questions today:

  • Why is there a greater risk of ALS with military service?
  • What are we, as a nation, going to do about it?

It’s our goal that this paper raises awareness of the important work that’s been done so far on discovering the relationship between ALS and military service. In this effort, we hope to impress upon Congress, the Administration and the American public the seriousness of this issue and the need to act now.

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