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Anyone else here in the National Guard, was wondering if you can stay in with an MS diagnosis or if you will be medically kicked out

  1. That is a very good question, . One thing to keep in mind: The VA covered all of my father's medical expenses because the cause of MS is unknown and his doctors found evidence that the onset was within seven years of discharge. I don't know whether that criteria still applies, but it might be worth looking into if you are an active member of the National Guard. I hope you are able to remain in the National Guard if that is what you want. Thinking of you! - Lori (Team Member)

    1. With a love for the military I was priviledged with 11 years of commissioned service in the Marines, National Guard, and Army Reserves. Eventually the time arrives for physical evaluations; subsequently, doc wrote in big letters "MS" across the medical form. After this goes through command channels everybody knows I have MS. For a while I was not permitted to do anything physical so they gave me a chair to sit on the sidelines as if the military was a sporting event and I was the lone cheer leader.
      One Sunday afternoon hobbling down the hall to my car a colonel nabbed me with the stern words "You can't be here anymore" (exact quotation). Those words clawed me deeply drawing the blood of anger and sadness coming face-to-face with MS once again and not my last. I was dismissed, resumed steadfastly to my car that seemed a very long and lonely walk in a dark empty hall echoing every foot step in a slow military cadence. The exit door was opened with reverence, then quietly closed.

      1. Such powerful words, . I can feel your pain. How horribly hurtful after all the years. I want to thank you with all my heart for your service. I just wish the military had thanked you appropriately as well. Wishing you the very best, as always. - Lori (Team Member)

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