Child cancer survivor

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  1. jerseydevil

    jerseydevil New Member

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    I am really looking for help. My son wants to go to the Coast Guard Academy he has been working hard and is at the top of his class,great sat scores, athletically fit, great sailor however he is a childhood cancer survivor. It has mad him a special young man who is wise beyond his years, a natural born leader but what are his chances for a waiver. He has been accepted to their. Summer AIM program. But I am not sure I want to put him though the whole application process if he has no chance of a waiver. Any advice would be great !


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  2. USAFA83GradWife

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    Contact DoDMERB. They are very helpful and can answer your questions.
     
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    jerseydevil, could you post what you find out from DoDMERB for future reference, please? I suspect that someday someone else may have the same question.

    I also want to say that I am so impressed with your son. Just having the courage and will to overcome cancer, and then to go on and achieve good grades, be athletic and do so much, deserves a great deal of respect. Best of luck to him and to you. I'm really pulling for him!
     
  5. Pima

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    I suggest you contact the DodMERB help desk.

    The fact is they need to think about everyone else serving with the person that needs a waiver. In the end it is about the mission.

    My best wishes, hopes, and thoughts that their dream comes true, however, as a parent and long time poster, I would be prepared for an uphill battle. I would get all medical records in order with the assumption a DQ wiill come down.
    ~ If it doesn't, than GREAT! If it does you are in front of the 8 ball.

    JMPO, I would be jumping for joy if all they get is a remedial. I would walk in assuming a DQ.

    That being said, the fact is this forum is filled with posters getting waivers. All you can do is ride out the storm.
     
  6. ABF

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    I would continue with the application for AIM even if you don't know what your kid's medical status will be. The AIM program is a good experience and your kid will benefit from it regardless of whether or not he attends the USCGA. When my kid finished AIM, he wasn't sure the CGA was for him, but he did say he was glad he experienced it. It's a developing experience regardless of his future college choice.
     

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