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  “Thinking Through VA Benefits and VA Care – A Resource for Veterans with ALS & Their Caregivers” is a project I have been dedicated to for the past two years. The goal is to help our veterans with ALS, and their caregivers, to avoid some of the mistakes we have made; to understand how […]

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ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a terminal disease. As with any diagnosis of a terminal disease anticipatory grief begins at the get go. Sometimes the grief is huge, like a king size, unmade, bed with the sheets, blankets, and pillows all piled high. Sometimes the grief is hidden, like under a smoothly made bed that […]

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Surviving is important, no doubt about it, without it we have no chance of thriving. Recently, my husband, Tom, that guy who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, went through a difficult illness and surgery. ALS alone is challenging enough, add on sepsis and gallbladder surgery within days of each other after an umbilical hernia repair […]

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Note: the following discussion is in no way related to receiving home health care, unskilled or skilled, by VHA, Veterans Health Administration. This is a discussion on Aid and Attendance as it relates to benefits, VBA, Veterans Benefits Administration. There is not a VA disability benefit that is specifically aid and attendance. Aid and attendance […]

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There are thousands of faces of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS. They say as much as 20,000 at any given time; about 4,500 are veterans. This is one of them. He has ALS, and he is a veteran.* The mornings are slow moving. His hands are still though they are not paralyzed yet. They are difficult […]

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