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In a timeless speech delivered on July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig publicly announced to Yankee Stadium and the world that he was retiring. It was dur- ing that speech that he was quoted, “... Fans, for the past two weeks, you’ve been reading about a bad break. Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” On June 2, 1941, Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, died. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he had been diagnosed with on June 19, 1939, just two years prior to his death. Going forward, ALS would commonly be referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Lou Gehrig never served in the military and some might ask what do Lou Gehrig and ALS have to do with VA benefits. On September 23, 2008, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James B. Peake made the connection.
Veterans with 90 or more days of continuous active service who have been diagnosed with ALS would be eligible for medical care and mon- etary compensation benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The decision was predominantly influenced by a report published
in November 2006 by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine entitled, “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans: Review of the Scientific Literature.”
I would highly recommend reading the report to gain a fuller understand- ing of ALS and the methodology
that led the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Review of the Scientific Literature on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Veterans to deter- mine a linkage between military ser- vice and an ALS diagnosis. The report can be found at the National Academy of Sciences’ website (nationalacad- In summation of the report the Committee found that, “On the basis of its evaluation of the literature, the committee concludes that there is limited and suggestive evidence of an association between military service and later development of ALS.”
In regards to benefits from the VA in connection to an ALS diagnosis, the most important thing to remember is that unlike other presumptive condi- tions established by the VA, the time, place, and circumstances (such as being a POW or being exposed to ion- izing radiation) of a Veteran’s service do not matter. If you served on active duty for 90 or more continuous days and have been diagnosed with ALS, or know a family member that fits the criteria, please don’t hesitate to stop by our office or contact us.
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Though I try to go through cup- boards often, every once in a while you reach in for a can of beans and look at it only to find it is past its expi- ration date. “It can’t be,” you think, “I just bought this!” And then you start rummaging through the rest of the cans and boxes and pretty soon, you have
a trash bag full of old food and open shelves. Now you have some space to fill carefully with fresh items that you know you will use. Here are my recommendations for a well-stocked pantry.
A well-stocked cupboard might include:
• Various cans of soup, both for cook- ing and lunch (I can’t cook all the time!)
• Beef, chicken, and ham ‘Better than Bouillon’ soup base, (these add flavor to almost anything; refrigerate after opening)
• Cans of tomatoes, both whole and diced with flavors like basil and oreg- ano, (nearly instant spaghetti sauce)
• Spaghetti sauce, jar of roasted red pepper (blend in blender to make a quick sauce or dip)
• Cans of green beans, spinach, and creamed corn (I like canned beans better than frozen, spinach makes a great soufflé, and creamed corn makes a quick soup)
• Jars and cans of beans including refried, (I like a jar of northern beans so I can make a quick soup or blend
in food processor with jar of salsa and some cilantro for a quick bean dip)
• Salsa, mild green chilies, olives
• Assorted boxes of pasta, rice, cous- cous, vanilla, and chocolate cake mixes (then I can doctor them to any flavor)
• Bread crumbs, both Italian flavored and panko
• Cocoa, molasses, light corn syrup
• Wondra (sifted flour great for thick- ening sauces and soups without the lumps)
• Peanut butter, coconut milk, sweet- ened and evaporated milks, canned pumpkin (you can use it to flavor anything from chili to cookies)
• Assorted cereals, both for eating and for whipping up a fast treat
• Marshmallows, honey, oatmeal, grits, cornmeal, assorted types of nuts, gra- ham cracker pie crusts, dried fruits, (I like dried cherries for making muf- fins, scones, and granola.)
• Assorted crackers, tortillas, and salty snacks
• And of course, cat food and treats, (obviously not for human consump- tion!).
Using these items from the cup- board along with your fresh and frozen foods, you can create hundreds of delicious meals and always be ready for a quick party too. The spice cup- board we will tackle that another time because that list is almost as long! Happy cooking!
Joanna Stelloh Phelps, Special to Senior Times

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