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12-04-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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Military members(active and inactive) with Crohn's.

I was wondering the number of service member we have here. Sound off!
12-04-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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Usmc, first I would like to say Thank-you for your service. I was never able to serve because of my Crohns, but my brother and 3 nephews served in the Marines, my dad served in the Army and another nephew is in the Army now. I couldn't serve but I joined the Patriot Guard riders because I believe in our men and women in uniform and just want you to know I got your back buddy.
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12-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thank you, it's people like you that make my job worth doing.
12-04-2012, 06:50 PM   #4
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Hubby and 3 of my kids...we're in Jax too. Thanks for your service.
12-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #5
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My best friend flies a C130 and has crohn's disease, he's my inspiration.
12-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #6
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Kiny....very interesting. I can see how challenging that would be! Lisakuney, it's nice to meet someone from the area. Thank them for me please. Small world!
12-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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I'm an army logistics officer. Follow up with my military doctor on Friday to update my medical file; then wait to find out if I will be released.
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12-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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Thank-you for your Service, AlliRuns. Good luck with your update.
12-05-2012, 07:33 PM   #9
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I'm an army logistics officer. Follow up with my military doctor on Friday to update my medical file; then wait to find out if I will be released.
Good luck. Must be hard to maybe loose your job for domething thats not your fault.


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12-05-2012, 09:13 PM   #10
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Good luck. Must be hard to maybe loose your job for domething thats not your fault.


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When one door closes another opens, I have come to terms with the fact that I may be released. I was frustrated at first, but I have lots of employable skills, so it will be alright.
01-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #11
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USMCjones... My 19 year old son was just diagnosed with Crohns and is in the AF. He just found out to isn't that they have started the MEB process and plan discharging him. Do you have Crohns and are you able to stay in the military? Any advice?
01-04-2013, 08:57 PM   #12
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Agent99. I have been diagnosed, and I have been put on limited duty. I have not been med boarded yet. I will keep you updated as these action occur. Please stay in touch with me, and I wish I could help you more.
01-05-2013, 12:05 AM   #13
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I live in Greenville, NC, but work about an hour or so outside of Jax. I work in a physician's office, rheumatology actually. We get lots of active duty military that come through. My experience has been patients get med boarded for a handful of reasons:

1. They have a chronic illness that is non-stable and getting progressively worse despite treatments.
2. They have a chronic illness that will prevent them from doing their job safely or has an iffy/unclear prognosis. Had an active duty AF pilot with Ank.Spon. He was pretty much stable but they gave him the heave-ho anyway.
3. You have a chronic illness that can't be properly treated on deployment.

Of course there are other reasons, and exceptions, but those are the three most common reasons I run in to.
01-05-2013, 02:46 AM   #14
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Hi, we are army, and i have crohns and my friend has crohns. Stable or not they are giving her her process out of the military. Once you have somthing crohnic you will be showed to the door unless someone is fighting for your stay above thier pay grade. But you never know you can meet an angel that can help him fight this.
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01-05-2013, 09:35 AM   #15
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Just curious, how long is the medical release process in the US? In Canada it can take years. I'm on my first 6 month temporary restriction, once that expires, they will probably give me another one, and then I get s permanent one, and then my file has to go to Ottawa and that's where the real hold up is.
01-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #16
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US Army here. Recently diagnosed with Crohn's after having my first flare up of fun pain-filled sleepless nights. Colonoscopy confirmed, currently getting some tests done for other viral possibilities.

As is I'll be meeting with a GI Doc at WRNMMC Bethesda where we'll discuss treatment and (more than likely) medboard. Especially since Neurology also found POTS when I got a diagnosis from them. Needless to say my command was quite surprised! Two diagnosis in one month, both chronic diseases haha. I went from being 'the lazy faker at PT' to 'Wait, he's got what and WHAT?'. Luckily they've been kind and are letting me relax heavily on the whole PT thing. My 1SG is even trying to get my flag lifted for my first ever PT failure due to some obvious tampering from the d-bag disorders one and two up there. My regular diet has me barely putting down about 1300cal/day of solid food. THEN going out to PT and burning 500? Whoo, I was dyin'.

As much as it's going to suck being unemployed again, at least now I'll have insurance and some VA to back me up. Glad I enlisted, it's going to make my life post-army much easier.
01-05-2013, 01:20 PM   #17
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Never served, USMC, but had to say hi and thank you, in honor of my Dad, who was in the Marines as well.
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01-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #18
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Thank you for your service!!!

I hope you can stay in as long as possible. I my self am not active military. But my husband is.
01-05-2013, 03:43 PM   #19
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My husband was in the Navy working on a sub for 6 years right out of high school.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. BE SAFE, BE WELL, GOD BLESS.



01-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #20
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Just like to say thanks for your service, i know im from the UK but we come hand in hand.

I really wanted to join the army, unfortunatly i didnt get in because of my condition. But i have nothing but respect for people who are in the military.

Cheers
01-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #21
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Wow! Lots of people with experience of Crohns in the military. I'm so frustrated because I hear of others in the military who have gotten waivers for chronic problems (diabetes being one of them).

Thanks USMCJones.... I told my son to go to JAG and get an attorney. Don't know if that will work or not. I'm worried if they cut him loose that he won't get to take any insurance or GI Bill (I do t kni how that works), since he is only in tech school.
01-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #22
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Agent99, he should get to keep his GI bill. My son was just med-boarded of the air force at 70% disabled after being injured in Iraq. He has medical care available through the VA, and full use of his GI bill for education.
01-05-2013, 08:49 PM   #23
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Proud to say I served in the army . I was diagnosed with crohns after my military career , but the V.A. takes care of all my crohns needs .
01-05-2013, 09:09 PM   #24
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Yeah if you have crohns and taking medication you can't get into the service aka military. If you get the disease while in service and not taking meds no problem but if you need a lot of meds a possible honorable discharge may be in store.

Anyway thanks for keeping us the peoples country with the most rights in the world. Freedom is far from free.
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01-08-2013, 02:21 PM   #25
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Well, it has begun. I start Humira on the 23rd. This means I will be separated from the Marines. I knew it was coming, and its been a great run!
01-08-2013, 03:02 PM   #26
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My family moved from Jacksonville over the summer. My hubby is a marine. I'm starting Humira next week. Hopefully, your medical claim will go through quickly and you will be compensated fairly. Good luck to you!
01-09-2013, 07:58 AM   #27
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USMCJONES, best of luck with the Humira. I hope you feel tons better on it!! Sorry about your Marine career,,,, let's hope they take good care of you!
01-09-2013, 09:18 AM   #28
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Let me know if you and the wife would like to get together someplace for tea and sympathy (or BMW-bitch moan whine)

01-09-2013, 03:32 PM   #29
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They should still provide desk jobs to people who are unable to enlist due to Crohn's Disqualifying them, as i would like to serve my country in some way, shape, or form!
01-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #30
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They should still provide desk jobs to people who are unable to enlist due to Crohn's Disqualifying them, as i would like to serve my country in some way, shape, or form!
Even people who work "desk jobs" in the military need to be deployable in order to be employable. Even clerks can find themselves deployed the middle of a desert with no access to specialist medical care. Soldier first.
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