I know a family close to my town that has a DS who is currently an applicant for the Class of 2019. He is nominated, competitive and has been sent to the national pool to await word on an appointment. The bad part is that during soccer season this year he injured his knee and it never healed. Long story short, he just had major knee surgery last week. He is extremely discouraged, to say the least, since rehabilitation will take a few months. This means USAFA is apparently not an option this year. He has connected some with my DS (Class of 2018) and I am acquainted with his parents. I plan on talking to them soon. My question is: What advice can I give him and his parents? Has anyone faced this situation? What brought encouragement to you? If he wishes to continue his pursuit of USAFA in the future, is his only option to reapply next year (I'm assuming he will have to do everything all over again)? I have heard of appointees getting injured and then coming back the next year, but not an applicant that is so close to receiving a decision. I am assuming they have contacted USAFA concerning his situation. If not, I will advise them to do so immediately.