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Military veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS — inside the search for answers


In the early 1990s, when Maj. Randy Hebert of the U.S. Marine Corps was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, his body suddenly began to fail him. At first, the Desert Storm veteran tried to hide his increasing weakness from his wife, wearing a T-shirt and shorts into work with the excuse that he was working out first thing. In truth, his hands had become too wilted to fasten buttons or tie his boots, leaving him unable to get dressed without another officer's help. Eventually, he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. What Hebert didn't realize then was that as a member of the Armed Services his odds of getting ALS are perhaps twice as high as those of the general population. more

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