This is truly inspiring to me and I just wanted to thank you for your service. I always wanted to be a Marine but was denied for medical reasons. I got into the navy 2 weeks ago after 3 failed attempts and been having a difficult time knowing I will never earn my ega or be pushed with the challenge of earning that title. But to know that you have become one of the few and the proud after almost losing your life as a child, makes me realize it's not what branch I'm in but the kind of person I am in it. To risk your life for this country after your life was almost taken from you, makes me think.
I find this difficult to believe. I am familiar with the challenges of being accepted nowdays into the US Armed Forces, and it seems that an individual with a heart transplant (and the anti-rejection medication necessary to keep an individual alive) would not qualify to serve. I appreciate the sacrifice made by those who enlist in the Armed Forces (my son-in-law and son both serve), but this...it just seems incorrect (and I'll be as nice about that as I can).
Yes, while it's inspiring that sometimes good things can come of sudden tragedy, something's off here. You can be disqualified for even having a history of heart problems:
When I offhandedly tried to join the Marines, knowing they were unable to take me due to previous knee problems, heart problems and red-flagged medications, they offered to "overlook" the problems in my medical history and "wipe my record clean". Needless to say, I declined, since if it came up later on I'd be penalized for it, but I'm just here to point out that the military doesn't follow it's own rules most of the time if there's something it really wants.
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