Thursday, February 5, 2009

Looking for help

Gerald was kind enough to ask in comments about my son and his desire to join the Air Force.

Well, he got a letter from them yesterday. He has hit a stumbling block.

He has a past medical history. I won't go into it here, other than to say it was when he was 4 years old, and was taken care of surgically. Since then he has had no issues with it at all, in fact we often forget about it until we go to a new doctor. He played sports all through school and has no physical limitations.

Back when he went to MEPS with the recruiter for the physicals, the doctors asked about it and he told them the situation. They told him then that it was fine if he came up with some documentation from that time to show what had happened.

Well, 16 years is a long time. The surgeon is long retired. The Doc who was his primary care physician at the time doesn't keep records back that far. The only thing we could get was records from the hospital where it was fixed. Those we had sent to MEPS. Apparently, they were not good enough.

The letter said yesterday that he was disqualified for service.

The recruiter called and said it was possible to get a waiver from the surgeon general.

He is down, but not out yet.

So, anyone have advice?

Mr Fixit


Anonymous said...

Try contacting an air force doc at the hospital near you for advice.

I am long retired from the Navy but recall that the air force could always be more selective with their recruits because they have more to pick from. This may still be true or not. Regardless some persistence and effort and he might still get in.


Chris Byrne said...

Getting a waiver isn't a big deal. It's not hard, presuming he really is in good health.

Michael Llaneza said...

Try a your Congresscritter, that's what they're for. Specifically, call their Washington DC office and ask for a referral to the Surgeon General's office, ideally someone whose desk your request will cross.

For local issues (school admissions and such) I've played fixer for friends by calling the mayor's office and explaining the problem, all three times the intern who answers the phone was more than happy to put me in touch with the right people. One or two of those cases I've had the responsible official call *me*. And it was with an awe-inspiring feeling of power that I explained the issue and then transferred their call to the co-worker with the problem.

I'm not guaranteeing results, but it is possible to get useful work out of your elected officials.