Just curious

Just curious

rwalpole
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Joined: 17 Mar 2010, 14:16

10 Sep 2017, 01:46 #1

I'm a army Vietnam vet 1971-72. I got out in 1973 and completed my college degree. I tried to join again in 1975 and was denied enlistment because they determined I had type 2 diabetes.  I went on with a career and had no treatment for diabetes. I did lose weight and started exercising which I have continued to present. The VA doctor says I am prediabetic. It's strange that I was denied the opportunity to go back in and retire with a pension yet I don't meet the qualifications for agent orange compensation.
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The Old Medic
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Joined: 17 Oct 2009, 18:03

10 Sep 2017, 13:26 #2

Pre-Diabetes is not a disability.  Diabetes is.
The Old Medic, M.A., M.S., Ed.D
US Army  10/1959 - 09/1969 SFC E-7
55G10,  91B40, 91C40, 91F40
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Retired)            
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

10 Sep 2017, 17:44 #3

How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
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rwalpole
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Joined: 17 Mar 2010, 14:16

10 Sep 2017, 19:49 #4

Kassidyreign wrote:You missed the point.  I was going back in to make a career of the army.  I was turned down because I had diabetes. Now they only call it prediabetes. Not my words but the VA doctors words. Also, I was in for 2 years not 1. The pension I mentioned would have been received when I retired. Also, I am very thankful that years of diet and exercise are kept my diabetes back. 
How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
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Kassidyreign
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Joined: 22 Apr 2017, 13:32

11 Sep 2017, 01:47 #5

rwalpole wrote:
Kassidyreign wrote:You missed the point.  I was going back in to make a career of the army.  I was turned down because I had diabetes. Now they only call it prediabetes. Not my words but the VA doctors words. Also, I was in for 2 years not 1. The pension I mentioned would have been received when I retired. Also, I am very thankful that years of diet and exercise are kept my diabetes back. 
How do you retire with a pension with one year of service?
I also had planned to retire, after 16 years and a tour in Iraq, I decided for my health and my family it was better to not re-enlist . 
Many people are found to be diabetic, and with diet & exercise they can change that, seems that's what happened. 
My father was insulin dependent, he eventually went into a diabetic coma at age 44 and passed away, he was not eligible to serve in Vietnam due to his condition 
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