The cruel mystery of ALS and military veterans

Story highlights

  • Veterans have a 60% higher risk of getting Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS
  • ALS is a progressive disease that attacks muscle motor neurons, leading to paralysis
  • While ALS slowly freezes the body, mental capacity remains normal

(CNN)There's something about military life that is putting our nation's vets in harm's way, and it's not the usual suspects.

It's not a military action or terrorist threat, but a horrifying disease that weakens muscles to the point of paralysis, ultimately tra