Briefs: Local Health September 30, 2008

Benefits for veterans with ALS are now available

• The Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Sept. 23 that all veterans with amyotrphic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who have at least 90 days of continuous active military service are eligible for benefits.
The decision was based on a National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine report in November 2006 on the association between active duty servicemen and women and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The new interim final regulation applies to all Veterans Affairs’ applications for benefits received on or after Sept. 23 or those applications pending before Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Veterans Affairs will work to identify and contact veterans with ALS, including those whose claims for ALS were previously denied.
To view the entire regulation published in the Federal Register on Sept. 23, go to For more information on Veterans Affairs’ disability compensation program, go to or call 800-827-1000.

Winery mixes wine, breast cancer prevention in Oct.

• Two Rivers Winery is reintroducing its Women & Wine program in October for breast cancer awareness month.
During October, $1 from every bottle of Two Rivers wine sold in its tasting room or at participating restaurants will be donated to the St. Mary’s Breast Cancer Prevention fund.
The fund helps women who cannot afford early breast cancer detection procedures.
Two Rivers Winery will host an event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday to help promote the event and raise extra money. Tickets cost $25, and $10 will be given to the fund.

Herberger’s to participate in bra-fitting fundraiser

• From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Herberger’s in Mesa Mall, receive a complimentary bra fitting from a Wacoal fit specialist in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For every woman who participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research and outreach programs.
Wacoal also will donate $2 to the program for every Wacoal, DKNY Underwear or Donna Karan Intimates bra purchased at the event.

Forget-Me-Not family grief support group set to start

• Forget-Me-Not, a family grief support group open to children ages 5-18 and their family members, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday nights from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 at the Miller Homestead, 2090A N. 12th St.
The program is operated through Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
Forget-Me-Not offers education and support for children who have lost a loved one.
Each child leaves the program with a memory bear or pillow made from garments of the deceased loved one.
Forget-Me-Not is free.
Pre-registration is required prior to Thursday . Register by calling, 245-5377.


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