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VA improves for Veterans diagnosed with ALS

Oct. 13, 2021, 02:00:00 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a recent partnership to increase the number of clinics that are certified by the ALS Association as Treatment Centers of Excellence.

The alliance aims to improve the care of veterans diagnosed with ALS and raise awareness of available resources and treatment options.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. While there are no known cures, treatment options can reduce the damage caused by the disease, relieve symptoms, and improve quality of life. Research shows that those who have served in the military are more likely to develop ALS than those who have not.

“ALS Association’s continuing education resources give VA health care providers and patients access to educational opportunities,” said VA National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships Nurse Executive Tracy L. Weistreich, Ph.D. “By promoting local participation in nationwide chapters, we ensure Veterans have greater access to ALS programs and services at VA and in their communities.”

Veterans can also enroll in the National ALS Registry, which helps healthcare professionals improve the standards of ALS treatment and seek a cure.

VA has 11 Treatment Centers for Excellence that exceed nationally recognized standards of care. To become certified, clinics must meet high standards of care, participate in ALS-related research, and successfully complete a comprehensive review.

Learn more about VA Healthcare advancements and partnerships. For tips on caring for veterans diagnosed with ALS, see the VA Caregiver Support Program.

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