waiver for crohn's disease

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  1. MSZ07

    MSZ07 New Member

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    Has anyone ever heard of a waiver being granted for (D161.40) History of regional enteritis (Crohn's disease)? My son has a conditional appointment to the USMMA with the exception of his medical. He had this initial condition when in 7th grade. He was on medication to prevent flare ups for 2 years. He has since been flare and medication free his entire high school career. He wrestles and played varsity soccer. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. MSZ07

    MSZ07 New Member

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    waiver denied

    So far our request for waiver has been denied. I talked to the admin at Dodmeb and she sent me back to the admissions office at USMMA and said sorry it's out of our hands. Admissions said they would send an email asking the Dodmerb Dr or the Bumed Dr to call us.

    questions:
    1. Should we be proactive and try and call the Dr. at Dodmerb directly?
    2. Should we skip Dodmerb and go directly to Bumed? How would we do that?
    3. What type of time frame are we looking at? I hate to site and wait on the Navy to make the next move. My S is sitting on an soccer scholarship at another University. They won't hold it out there forever, if it is even still available to him. However, USMMA is his first choice.
    4. Is Crohn's even waiverable? Has it ever been done before?

    Thanks,
     
  3. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    It is very difficult to obtain a waiver for Crohn's. One of the major concerns with Crohn's is the possibility of reoccurance.

    If this is what your son wants, then I would have him request that the waiver authorities review his package again. When he requests the review I would have him also include the history of his problems, to include the treatment he was given, in his words. I would also have him state what activities he currently participates in, and how the Crohn's affects him now, if at all. Sometimes the applicants side of the story can make a difference. This letter should be sent to DoDMERB and his entire package will them be resent to the waiver authorities.

    The physician at DoDMERB will not be able to assist at this point in time, everything needs to go to the waiver authorities. You can expect a re-review to take about 3 weeks from the date that DoDMERB receives the letter.

    As I stated at the top, it is very difficult to receive waivers for Crohn's, and I can only remember seeing one waiver in my 5 years while at DoDMERB. I'm not stating that to scare you away, but to realize that the outcome may not be what you want it to be. I would make sure your son knows this, and let him make the decision as to whether he wants to continue on or not.

    As always, I'm here to help however I can.
     
  4. MSZ07

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    Thank you for the reply. I'm glad to hear there is a least a glimmer of hope. He has written a letter to request the waiver review. We have also contacted his pediatrician directly to get them to write a letter and send us records.

    He has a very mild case and has had no complications or occurances since he was diagnosed 5 years ago. The crohn's has not effected either his performace or his limited his activities in any way and he is a varsity athlete. I just hope they see it our way.

    He is moving forward with a D2 soccer scholarship for now. At worst case in 3 - 8 weeks when we get a response, he might have another difficult decision to make.

    Mike Sz
     
  5. Dkcas

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    Mike,
    I read your earlier posts from 2008 about Crohn's and DODMERB. Was your son successful in receiving a waiver? I am a USAFA grad and my daughter is now applying to USNA. She was diagnosed with Crohn's when she was 10, but has been in remission for the past four years and has been healthy and active
    Thanks,
    David Smith
     
  6. Pima

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    Mike has not been on here for over 6 years according to his last post. I would not expect an answer anytime soon from him.

    My best wishes to you and your DD. My suggestion would be contact the DoDMERB help desk and ask directly.

    If you are still ADAF than take her in now for an exam. If you are a flyer take her to the flight doc and they should be able to tell you if it is a DQ since her medical records are with them and her DoDMERB exam will be given by them.
     
  7. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Agree re checking with DODMERB. Gut feel is that it won't be waiverable b/c of the potential of recurrence and the debilitating nature of symptoms which, based on my limited understanding, can be exacerbated/brought on by stress. However, you won't know if you don't ask.
     

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