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I try not to do this crap but it's over my head.

GFs some came home on leave from Italy. He's a maintainer in the Air Force.

Noticed a rash. Went back 2 weeks ago and got looked at. Just got a call. 99% sure leukemia. Bone marrow biopsy tomorrow.

Assume it is.

AF sends him CONUS? Where? We have large VA hospital in town, would it be here?

How does his treatment get covered? AF cover that as he's 2 years into a 4 year enlistment? They med retire him? Let the VA handle it?

Bit of a loss here, trying to keep the GF sane and come up with some sort of answers.


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It's been my experience the service will provide treatment initially, at a facility of their choosing, could be an airforce hospital but most likely a civilian hospital. Once the active component determines he is not, nor likely will not be deployable (the key word), he'll be medically discharged and moved to the VA for further treatment. Just my experience.

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Would guess in your case yes, it will be the VA.

Good childhood friend of mine who spent 35 years working as a civilian contractor at Aberdeen Proving Grounds testing, among other things, lots of depleted uranium rounds. Has just been diagnosed with Leukemia, and they have him slated for an aggressive chemo treatment at Johns Hopkins.

Hope it works out well for the young man Teal.

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No words, sorry Andrew !


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Very sorry to hear this.


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VA will treat him

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Originally Posted by Teal
I try not to do this crap but it's over my head.

GFs some came home on leave from Italy. He's a maintainer in the Air Force.

Noticed a rash. Went back 2 weeks ago and got looked at. Just got a call. 99% sure leukemia. Bone marrow biopsy tomorrow.

Assume it is.

AF sends him CONUS? Where? We have large VA hospital in town, would it be here?

How does his treatment get covered? AF cover that as he's 2 years into a 4 year enlistment? They med retire him? Let the VA handle it?

Bit of a loss here, trying to keep the GF sane and come up with some sort of answers.


Find private drs.

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Fûck cancer!!! Hope they are able to wipe it out. Best of luck and prayers🙏


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Originally Posted by Jcubed
Originally Posted by Teal
I try not to do this crap but it's over my head.

GFs some came home on leave from Italy. He's a maintainer in the Air Force.

Noticed a rash. Went back 2 weeks ago and got looked at. Just got a call. 99% sure leukemia. Bone marrow biopsy tomorrow.

Assume it is.

AF sends him CONUS? Where? We have large VA hospital in town, would it be here?

How does his treatment get covered? AF cover that as he's 2 years into a 4 year enlistment? They med retire him? Let the VA handle it?

Bit of a loss here, trying to keep the GF sane and come up with some sort of answers.


Find private drs.

Maybe so.

Must have to talk to the VA somehow though.


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Update.

They're going to move him stateside once they can get blood counts up. Marrow biopsy to come tomorrow (I've had em, they are weird and suck).

They're gonna medically retire him 100% disability. They believe, so far, it's 100% treatable.

I assume and do not know - once in MD, set course of action, do the discharge paperwork and then release him to local VA care? Which is ok - we have a big VA hospital here in town.


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Originally Posted by Teal
Update.


They're gonna medically retire him 100% disability. They believe, so far, it's 100% treatable.

That is some good news, at least.


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Hope he gets that beat into remission!


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Originally Posted by Jim_Conrad
Originally Posted by Jcubed
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I try not to do this crap but it's over my head.

GFs some came home on leave from Italy. He's a maintainer in the Air Force.

Noticed a rash. Went back 2 weeks ago and got looked at. Just got a call. 99% sure leukemia. Bone marrow biopsy tomorrow.

Assume it is.

AF sends him CONUS? Where? We have large VA hospital in town, would it be here?

How does his treatment get covered? AF cover that as he's 2 years into a 4 year enlistment? They med retire him? Let the VA handle it?

Bit of a loss here, trying to keep the GF sane and come up with some sort of answers.


Find private drs.

Maybe so.

Must have to talk to the VA somehow though.


No. Private docs you can find wo VA.

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Originally Posted by Teal
Update.

They're going to move him stateside once they can get blood counts up. Marrow biopsy to come tomorrow (I've had em, they are weird and suck).

They're gonna medically retire him 100% disability. They believe, so far, it's 100% treatable.

I assume and do not know - once in MD, set course of action, do the discharge paperwork and then release him to local VA care? Which is ok - we have a big VA hospital here in town.


Great news My buddys young daughter just went through this 3 years. She had a beautiful healthy baby last year after treatment

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Originally Posted by ribka
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Update.

They're going to move him stateside once they can get blood counts up. Marrow biopsy to come tomorrow (I've had em, they are weird and suck).

They're gonna medically retire him 100% disability. They believe, so far, it's 100% treatable.

I assume and do not know - once in MD, set course of action, do the discharge paperwork and then release him to local VA care? Which is ok - we have a big VA hospital here in town.


Great news My buddys young daughter just went through this 3 years. She had a beautiful healthy baby last year after treatment

Just been a wild afternoon. I don't think I've ever been so tired.


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Originally Posted by Teal
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Update.

They're going to move him stateside once they can get blood counts up. Marrow biopsy to come tomorrow (I've had em, they are weird and suck).

They're gonna medically retire him 100% disability. They believe, so far, it's 100% treatable.

I assume and do not know - once in MD, set course of action, do the discharge paperwork and then release him to local VA care? Which is ok - we have a big VA hospital here in town.


Great news My buddys young daughter just went through this 3 years. She had a beautiful healthy baby last year after treatment

Just been a wild afternoon. I don't think I've ever been so tired.


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Does he have any private health care insurance?

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Originally Posted by George_De_Vries_3rd
Does he have any private health care insurance?

No he joined right out of HS.


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Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX...

After treatment there and be discharged he'll be assigned to a VA hospital that will in turn send him to a civilian hospital for additional treatment. Wife told me that the Saginaw VA hospital sends them down to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor and they transport to the UofM Cancer Treatment Center for follow-up. I believe that on discharge he will be sent to his home of record.

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Update - looks like it might be AML Leukemia. Was told 20% survival rate to 3 years. BUT still don't have marrow biopsy results back so maybe this changes but I don't know why they'd broach it if they didn't have reason to believe this was it.

Has clot in his leg that they're worried about so no flying home till that's handled and safe. Already started him on low dose (?) chemo. GF will be wheels up for Italy before EOW. Thinking at least 2 weeks in Italy before he's coming home. Being sent to Walter Reed as next stop.


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