good times local news media events catalyst santa cruz california metro silicon valley news local events san jose weekly pajaronian watsonville local newspaper, news events pajaro valley california gilroy dispatch local news events garlic festival santa cruz media events local california weekly king city rustler newspaper media local events car sales buy new car media
56 F
Hollister
English English Spanish Spanish
June 27, 2022

Letter: Stories of courage worth attention

The press has done a very good job of reporting about the challenges our veterans face. We all have read or seen stories about our wounded  warriors. About traumatic brain injury. About veterans suffering from  depression and other serious mental health issues. About those who have  lost limbs or endure other physical hardships. These are serious issues that deserve our attention, especially on Veterans Day. What also deserves our attention, but which gets much less press, is the fact that  military veterans are twice as likely to develop – and die from – Lou  Gehrig’s Disease as those who have not served in the military.
Yes, studies show that the disease that took the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig is striking our military heroes at an alarming rate. 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.
ALS is horrific. Worse than your worst nightmare. It robs people of the ability to move, trapping them inside a body they no longer can control. People describe it as being buried alive. There is no treatment. No  cure. Only death in an average of two to five years. So as the press calls attention to our military heroes on Veterans Day, I  hope they remember those heroes who are fighting for their lives against ALS. I encourage your readers to visit the Wall of Honor at  www.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 worth your attention this Veterans  Day.
Bob Dickie, Watsonville

Please leave a comment

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

SOCIAL MEDIA

4,205FansLike
150FollowersFollow
1,119FollowersFollow