Ha, whatever happened to the governments not stating chrons was a disability?

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conorconan1
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   Posted 11/2/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who also has chrons and he wanted to join the raf. He spent 5 years at college to get his law degree and was going to apply. He did a web search and it would not allow him to join because he had chrons? But wait, according to the government, people with chrons have healthy Productive lives?
 
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gachrons
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   Posted 11/2/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi What is the raf? lol gail
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/2/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Royal Air Force
Unfortunately crohns is a considered a disablity here in the US. If you get while you are already in and have a job like chemist or some sort of desk job, then you have a chance of staying in. If you have it before the service, then you cannot be in the service.
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   Posted 11/2/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
"People with Crohn's can lead healthy, productive lives" - governmentspeak for "we won't recognise your incapacities, and you will not qualify for the types of social support services we give the aged or wheelchair-bound, no matter how sick or helpless you are".

I think it's reasonable to exclude us from the armed forces. (Please don't flame me; this is just my opinion). I can imagine situations where, otherwise, we'd be in a combat situation and unable to eat the rations, or being expected to fight / fly and all of a sudden we have instant d and we'd end up being shot or endangering our fellow soldiers' lives.

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   Posted 11/2/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad got a medical discharge from the Air Force because of Crohn's back before I was born. Since the Vietnam war was going on at the time, my brother and I ended up with excellent educational benefits. I was going to do ROTC in college, and the commander said it was okay that I had Crohn's. But I found out that they would give me the boot after 2 years (that's when they do your medical exam), so I figured there was really no point of trying.

conorconan1
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   Posted 11/3/2008 1:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear you there guys. However, I bet my bottom dollar that if it was a war situation and in need of the troops, chrons would not play any part in it whatsoever?

I still think that it is sad, as there are manything that one could do top help his/her country other than combat or flight.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually it does, because we are at war and crohns does very much play a part in being able to deploy.
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conorconan1
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   Posted 11/3/2008 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I am not going to get into the idea of countries being at war or not at this time. However, I meran it in the term if war was raging world wide and a shortage of troops. You know what I mean.
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