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Army will not give me a Medical Discharge for seizures

Hello there. Allyson here.
I recently was diagnosed with a seizure disorder. My seizure types are absence and tonic-clonic (grand mal). I have been suffering with convulsions for about one year with nearly constant migraine headaches on one side. I currently serve in the Army National Guard. They have been notified by my physician about my condition and I have spoken with my chain of command about my situation. Every time I have gone to drill for the past year, I have had a seizure and lost conscious twice. The army surgeon general has assigned me multiple profiles indicating I am able to wear my uniform for 12 hours and ride in a military vehicle for 12 hours. I am, at this point useless to the army. I have an impeccable record and multiple awards but I am being treated as a second class soldier and am constantly taunted by me peers. At this point, I would like a medical discharge. Supplying sufficient evidence of my condition is not a problem, but yet the army just keeps pushing my paperwork ever so slowly. They do not want to medically discharge me. I am concerned for my well being but do not want a medical discharge. I would like help from anyone who might know what to do here, or offer kind words.

Best Regards
SPC Allyson :)

Comments

I second what epihelp

I second what epihelp suggested.  Your chain will probably be useless, if not worse.  Contacting a lawyer is probably good advice.

thank you for your reply.

thank you for your reply.

Yeah the army won't claim it.

Yeah the army won't claim it. So, I'll get a non service related medical discharge. I can't afford medical insurance outside the army, so I guess I am screwed like most veterans. Maybe I'll try holistic medicine.

thank you for your reply.

thank you for your reply.

Thank you!

Thank you!

I know it's years later but.

I know it's years later but. I am going to tell you unless they can point to something specific that happened then probably not.I mean this is civillian side but I fell from a ladder at the age of 22 head first onto concrete and was knocked out for 60 minutes and the neurologist that eventually treated me ignored this fact and said it was his opinion that it was due to my being a premature baby! 

I know it's years later but.

I know it's years later but. I am going to tell you unless they can point to something specific that happened then probably not.I mean this is civillian side but I fell from a ladder at the age of 22 head first onto concrete and was knocked out for 60 minutes and the neurologist that eventually treated me ignored this fact and said it was his opinion that it was due to my being a premature baby! 

I am sorry about this

I am sorry about this happening to you. I am an Epileptic soldier as well. I have done okay but the epilepsy meds made it extremely hard to pass height and weight. Somehow I have been able to stay in for 18 years 17 with epilepsy and was able to get deployed.Don't look at your "peers" taunting you as "peers" look at them as "less than" because you have something extraordinary to deal with that they don't. In my time in the Army Reserve there was only one guy who ever made fun of my Epilepsy and he is in jail right now.

Hang in there and while your

Hang in there and while your in get buddy statements when you have a seizure. I got a misconduct discharge after two years active for my seizures I got from catching some virus that screwed my nervous system. I wish everyday I could have found help internally while active but I couldn't it took me 5 years outside to find help (have had 5 brain surgeries) and I'm only at 10%. Try your hardest to resolve this while in and be the best soldier you can. Ignore the teasing and drive on one step at a time.

It depends on each individual

It depends on each individual case as to whether the VA will consider it service-connected. My seizure disorder started in the military and I was medically retired for it along with a stroke, so it made it easier to be service-connected. The Disabled American Veterans National Service Officers are experts on the matter.

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