Can you be medically denied for having a concussion? My 18 year old son was just told today that he has been medically denied because of a minor concussion that occurred about 2-3 years ago. Could this be true without anyone seeing him? I will give you some background about the situation. In my son's sophmore year of high school, he was tripped into a metal door frame, knock unconscience for a few minutes. School sent him to ER who just looked him over and sent him home with warning if he throws up, come back. Well, he throw up a few hours later, so back we go. Still got sent back home told to see a specialist. We went and got him completely checked out-MRI, CT scan whole works and it came back with, he is completely health maybe a mild concussion. We have it all in writing from the doctor. Fast foward 2-3 years...my son graduates high school wants to join the marines, goes through the hoops, takes test scores a 78, fills out clearance paperwork but nothing from the marine recruters. Honestly, the recruiters were unprofessional, no call backs, no e-mails, nothing. My son is very disappointed until he found out about the Coast Guards maritime enforcements and decides to check them out. We again go through the hoops...we were at the stage of the Coast Guard requests the previous paperwork, test scores from MEPS to get him a date to go to MEPS which brings us to today of us finding that he was medically disqualified from the Marines without MEPS never seeing my son. So the Coast Guard is going to take that answer. They do not submit medical waiver's right now because eveyone wants into the military. Can this be true? What are our options? Our son's only dream has been to serve this country. He did excellent in his high school JROTC program, winning first in the nation with him commanding his team. There has to be a better answer then I am sorry some kid tripped you 2-3 years but you can't serve this country. What are our options?
Yes, someone can be disqualified without getting to MEPS. It's also true that waivers are nearly impossible to come by these days. The Coast Guard will only hire less than 1500 active duty members this year, so we have an abundance of applicants to fill those spots. With that being said, there's no reason to pursue a waiver when there are so many applicants that do not require a waiver. I'm sorry for your son's situation, but there are plenty of other ways for him to serve his country.
Maybe, TBI is a major issue for the military and they take it seriously. They did a pre-screen and said no. That is the people for all military services, it is a joint command under an Under Secretary of Defense. If he can not go to MEPS, that is the end of it.
You may not take it serious, but the military does. The issues is multiple brain injuries. They do not want to put him in the position of a potential life changing TBI.
Honestly I take offense to the fact that you think I do not take it serious. I paid a neurologist lots of money to make sure my son was healthy without the military in the picture. If the doctor came back with something serious or major, then okay, I would have handled the situation and the military would not have seen an application. But the neurologist did not, his exact words were, he is completely healthy, I think maybe it was a minor concussion. But nothing is coming up on any tests. Nothing to worry about at all. He has never shown any signs of problems. Just a bump on the head. This report, along with all the results from the tests were submitted with my son's application. So honestly, if a neurologist of 30 years plus doesn't think it was a serious problem that would effect my son's life, I think I can be forgiven in thinking this should not be a life altering problem for my son and being confused about the results.
I think one concussion shouldn't be a big deal. I had 2 in my medical record (I was an active and idiotic kid with access to mountains...concussions happen). I think you should talk to the recruiter about a waiver. Someone with some medical background will hopefully come along and offer some more knowledgeable advice but, in my opinion and experience, the concussion shouldn't be a big deal.
Concussion is a major issue in the military, thanks to IEDs. The effects of concussion are cumulative, and can be catastrophic in a combat situation. The military isn't going to take a risk on someone who has has a preexisting injury, that could put himself and his fellow soldiers at risk.