As a US citizen born and bred outside the continental US (in Italy) I basically ONLY have access to the VP nomination (nope - no military personal active or otherwise in my family tree ... Grandpa was in the Air Force, but grandparents don't seem to count ) and despite encouragement by the Academy (Naval) and my B&G to do EVERTHING in my power to get a nomination each avenue I have tried thus far has left me right where I started. My VP nomination package was submitted in June and I have contacted every representative and senator of every and any state my mother lived in before coming to Italy ... I even tried the state my grandparents presently reside in. The answer is always the same (if they reply at all) : 'maybe' ... which turns into ... 'need to check with the Academy'... and then 'checked with the Academy ... NO' (the no is invariably offered with an apology and best wishes). I'm at my wits end at this point ... I've been qualified for everything but DoDMERB (documents shipped yesterday and no re flags raised by the doctor on base where I did my physical) and the Nomination ... any advise ?