Veterans Benefits Administration
United States of America

Thousands of U.S. Military veterans are suffering from an incurable disease known as Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM). It is a long name for a horrifying, devastating, and totally disabling, continually worsening disease. It is untreatable and incurable with striking similarities to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.

There is no stopping it. It slowly destroys the veterans' muscle cells until the muscles in legs and arms are so horribly wasted away or atrophied the veteran is catastrophically disabled and totally dependent upon constant daily care from others. It can cause dysphagia (the inability to swallow), and in its advanced stages may cause diaphragmatic dysfunction (failure of the diaphragm muscle) resulting in pulmonary failure and the inability to breathe.

Government and academic resources have estimated there are only 15 cases of IBM per million people among the general public. Among U.S. Military veterans, that number increases to 189 cases per million people. Clearly, this is a “service connected” disease.

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has regularly refused to recognize IBM and the veterans that suffer from it. As such, a veteran submitting a disability claim is regularly denied any disability benefits.

By signing the petition and adding your name, you will be among those Americans who ask the Veterans Benefits Administration to recognize Inclusion Body Myositis as a service-connected disability and help those veterans devastated by it.

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The Help Catastrophically Disabled Veterans Get The VA Benefits They Deserve petition to Veterans Benefits Administration was written by Veterans With Inclusion Body Myositis and is in the category Military at GoPetition.