DQ'ed and Waiver not granted for back USNA

eagles4

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Hello and thanks for helping. What can we do to reverse the 'Waiver Denied status'?
My son just got word from USNA that the medical waiver was not granted for his back surgery for a herniated disk from a football injury. Surgery was 8/07. DODMERB requested a 6 month post-op report by their orthopedic specialist (Feb. 08) which was an A+ report. He is back into full physical mobility, captain of the lacrosse team, starter Goalie and not a hint of past pain.
My calls are already in to USNA. but what more should I expect to do? Is it likely that they will reverse this decision? Do they allow the student to come to Annapolis for on-site medical reviews to prove their physical condition?
 

VMINROTChopeful

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Hello and thanks for helping. What can we do to reverse the 'Waiver Denied status'?
My son just got word from USNA that the medical waiver was not granted for his back surgery for a herniated disk from a football injury. Surgery was 8/07. DODMERB requested a 6 month post-op report by their orthopedic specialist (Feb. 08) which was an A+ report. He is back into full physical mobility, captain of the lacrosse team, starter Goalie and not a hint of past pain.
My calls are already in to USNA. but what more should I expect to do? Is it likely that they will reverse this decision? Do they allow the student to come to Annapolis for on-site medical reviews to prove their physical condition?
check this thread:
http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=2441
 

CC_Candidate

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I dislocated my knee back in February of '07 and received a DQ in November '07. After going to an Orthopedic Specialist, he sent in his report that was definitely an "A+" as well. My waiver came in today, and probably would have come in back in February had there not been some administrative problems in the midst of everything.

I would guess that if DoDMERB asked for a doctor's report and it is an "A+," your chances are fairly high.
 

RetNavyHM

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As stated in the thread that was linked above, if your son had any spinal fusion as part of the HNP repair, then the chances for a waiver decrease.

If your son did not have any spinal fusion as part of the repair then chances do increase.

Either way, I would have your son write a letter requesting his waiver be re-evaluated. Have him explain everything that has gone on, from the initial diagnoses all the way to today. Explaing everything in his words, what treatment he received, the surgical procedure, and his rehab. Also have him state what activities he currently participates in and how the surgical procedure is affecting those activities, if at all. Mail that to DoDMERB, they will forward it to the waiver authority and they will review his case again.
 
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