Sep 16, 2010 - 11:01 am
Hello, I am new to this blog; been hanging out on the oral cancer board. I will try to give my reader's digest version. I am an active duty U.S. Public health service (USPHS) officer LCDR/0-4. Did Air Force for 12 years 6 active/6 reserve; then went back active with USPHS. Some may know of us but some may not; U.S. public health service is considered active duty and I get all the same benefits as the other branches of service. Fortunately the USPHS is more flexible with still serving while having medical problems since we do not have to be mobility qualified like of branches. I plan on returning to duty Nov.1st (been on sick leave since March). I was diagnosed with tx tonsil cancer with 1 lymphnode involvement. My prognosis is said to be about 85-90% so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Just wondering about medical boards. I have 8 years left before I am eligible for retirement. If something unfortunate happens and I need more aggressive treatment and it makes me unable to perform my duties will I be eligble for a medical retirment or will I just get kicked out of the service? I have a excellent Military record and always recieve good Coers! I would appreciate any advice about medical boards!
Also, since I acquired and was treated for oral cancer on active duty; does anyone know what kind of VA disability rating I would get when that time is near? Thank you!
LCDR Charles P. McGee, RN, USPHS