Waiver Denial - Appealing

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  1. gpandya

    gpandya New Member

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    Has anyone successfully appealed a "waiver denied" decision? I'm working to appeal mine but I'm not sure what exactly will help me case
     
  2. Korab

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    Why don't you start by explaining which service you have applied to, and the issue for which you were DQ'd and not granted a waiver
     
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    I'm a survivor of Ewing's sarcoma, a type of cancer and I am currently a freshman in college, and a cadet in AFROTC. I was diagnosed in April 2014, and finished treatment in January 2015. I was disqualified by DoDMERB and denied a waiver from AFROTC, however my tumor was very small, encapsulated, and no additional cancer cells have been found by any imaging after it was taken out originally in April 2014. It had lots of "favorable," characteristics, such as being very small, encapsulated, and not actually in my bones but rather between my skin and muscle. My physician recently wrote a letter for me, stating that my condition is quite favorable, and that I have a lower than 4% risk of relapse, as well as my risk of relapse currently at 3 years off therapy is not statistically higher than 5 years off therapy. Will the waiver authority even consider what evidence my physician is presenting? The Air Force usually utilizes a 5 year off therapy policy, but I feel that my tumor shouldn't be considered in this category, as it was much more favorable and did not spread anywhere in my body
     
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    Given the very favorable characteristics of my cancer, I'm trying to appeal the waiver decision and not get chunked into the 5 year guideline for most other tumors
     
  5. Korab

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    will they consider it? I'm sure they will. Will it make a difference? I can't tell you that. You might want to consider working with a Dodmerb consultant on this. It will require specialized knowledge and advocacy which most people and parents don't possess.
     
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    We paid around $900 to Dr. Merchant in early June 2017 for a consultative fee. We have sent multiple emails since last summer in order to request for an update ...however, there was zero reply since the last 12 months. First of all we hope Dr Merchant is doing well. Secondly, we just want an update/ advice.
    Has anyone experienced the same issue that we have faced? Thanks
     
  7. TMTNT

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    Sounds like a breakdown in communication....With us, Dr. Merchant has been very responsive and well-versed in the process...