Just wanted to share my experience of how things can go really wrong on this journey. Son received an LOA w/ noms from congresswoman and senator... was celebrated in his school, in the paper, and attended numerous award ceremonies including meeting Senator Marco Rubio. Last week he developed a stomach ache that persisted. As the pain increased we made the decision to go to the ER. He was admitted with a partial small bowel obstruction. They kept him NPO (nothing to eat or drink) for one day and it resolved on its own. He was feeling good as new and sent home w/ a clearance letter. While he was in the hospital, I notified the B&G officer by VM. B&G officer notified USNA and then called me. I was told my son had to be medically cleared again. We sent in the clearance letter and the records from the hospital and were told someone would reach out to us. Nobody ever “reached out”. His status changed on the portal today showing that he had been medically turned down because of the hospital trip. Now here we are, valedictorian... captain of crew team... impressive SAT and GPA... substantial volunteer experiences... former lifeguard for the city. It’s too late for him to get into his plan B school for fall semester even though he was accepted (decisions were due 5/31). So my hardworking child is now applying for jobs at fast food locations and has no opportunity to go to college until January. Had I known all of this could’ve happened, I certainly would’ve encouraged him to take a different path. Im not putting this out there for any reason other than to let you know that things like this can happen and it really leaves your child in a bind. I-Day is in 13 days.