Thank you Mr. Mullen!! Thank you DODMerb!!! Thank you everyone who works hard to help kids get medically qualified (and waivers)!! Our DS received waiver approvals for USAFA and USNA today! (he got one for USMMA back in Dec.). This is amazing news and a huge weight has been lifted! It was scary for a little while and I just want to tell you all how it went for our DS. He received a remedial request from DODMerb for review of his medical history of mild eczema. This was started by USAFA. The remedial exam was done in Dec. USMMA waiver was requested and granted at the end of Dec. In mid January he received a letter from USNA indicating "waiver denied." and we went into overdrive. We contacted Mr. Mullen and he immediately set up his case for review. He suggested our son write a letter outlining his experiences with eczema and his history, also to get a letter from his family practice doc regarding the history. DODMerb posted the additional information to his file almost immediately. The USNA medical officer took another look at his case and recommended the waiver be granted. The waiver was granted today! His status went from waiver denied USNA, to waiver granted USNA. The added bonus, the USAFA also finished their waiver review and granted the waiver today also! It is a happy day. I gather for most reading this that the waiver process is just as tense for you as it has been for us. Just wanted to share the success story. Perseverance certainly pays. Our DS worked hard on his appeal letter, I think it really helped. Don't take that first no for a final answer. Ask questions and do what you can to get the waiver approved (if it is at all possible). People at DODMerb and at the academies are very nice and very willing to help with sound advice. With that said, our DS's case was very mild years ago and we felt confident that it would not affect his service nor his health. So glad the waiver authorities agreed!