What do ice buckets and veterans have in common?
The press did an excellent job of reporting about last summer's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the wildly viral campaign during which millions of people doused themselves with buckets of ice water to raise awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
But how many people who accepted the challenge realize that they also were supporting our nation's military veterans? That part of the story was not reported in the press.
Studies have shown that military veterans are about twice as likely to die from ALS as people who have not served in the military. It doesn't matter when or where they served in the military; home or abroad, peace or war, from World War I to Afghanistan. Those who served are at greater risk.
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So, as we honor our military heroes this Veterans Day, readers should know that if they had a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads this summer, they did their part not just to support ALS, but also to support our veterans.
I encourage readers to visit the Wall of Honor at alsa.org. There they will see the faces and read the stories of the military heroes who are fighting ALS and those who have been lost to the disease. Their stories of courage are an inspiration and worth your attention this Veterans Day.