Quote from Canan
There are excellent gentlemen and ladies in the armed forces now who do serve with previously DQ 'disabilities' (such as amputees). An amputee needs to carry his or her prosthesis (limb, artificial eye, dentals etc.) around and take it off etc., I feel that if you can control your 'disability' (even if it takes minor medications that need to be carried with you at all times), you should have a chance to serve. It's the same principle then armed forces carry their atrophine antidotes with them for organophospha (nerve gase) exposure... isn't it or am I strechting it too far:stone ?
I just got back from serving in a medical unit in Kuwait. I think that you may be stretching it too far. Give the GREAT challenges that we have had overseas managing the medical issues of military personnel deployed with complex medical problems, I expect that there will be a re-examination of the issue by the military. We saw lots of folks who had conditions that were "well controlled" in the states, but which were uncontrollable in a deployed environment.
Asthma is a particular hot button for me as I have seen asthma disable sailors with as little provocation as a whiff of smoke from signalling grenades. It is critical to understand the problem that this presents:
-The unit loses the capability of the individual.
-The unit must devote manpower to the care of the disabled.
-The above can comprimise the mission accomplishment AND place the other unit members at increased risk of injury.
CDR Jim McGraw, NC, USN
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