Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A little of the back story on Uncle Sam

Lloyd entered the US Army in 2009. He was injured during basic training, and the Army did surgery that was supposed to complete his healing process and allow him to continue his military career. Unfortunately, the surgery resulted in complications that have prevented that from happening, and in February 2010, the Army began the medical separation/retirement process (med board).

The med board process can be complex under the best of conditions because involves a lot of different players who all need to do their piece in the right order and at the right times. Lloyd's case has the additional complication that he is in Basic Combat Training status, so his rights and privileges are restricted beyond what would be the case normally (and WAY more than for civilians). Over the course of the past year, we have found that the best of conditions rarely exist, and in the real world not everyone feels as motivated to accomplish a task as we would like to see happen. Recently, a few of those less motivated individuals found themselves on the hot seat, and significant progress has been made. Hopefully this will continue since it impacts Lloyd's discharge conditions as well as the time frame for his return home.

From where we stand today, all indications are that while the road ahead of us in this process may be rocky and difficult, it should be shorter than the one behind us.

God Bless!

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