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What is the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment on military career and benefits?

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Does anyone know of a definitive resource that we can ask questions about this subject?

I and two other buddies of mine are in middle or recently completed cancer treatment and all of us are late on our military careers. We were recently discussing the lack of information available to Active Guard Reserve (AGR) folks and wondering how retirement and benefits are impacted by our cancer diagnosis and treatment status.

I don’t have confidence that; tricare remote, our state medical support office, or the human resource office, has the expertise in these cancer related benefit questions.

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I am retired and have prostrate cancer. Tricare for life and Medicare have paid for everything.

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I probably will not be of much help, but will tell you my story nonetheless.

I am now a retired AGR pilot with the TN ANG.  Before retirement, I had my cancer diagnosis (pleomorphic liposarcoma in right leg) in 1999.  This was before Tri-Care.   The local military clinic sent me to Vanderbilt (Nashville TN) for all the major surgeries. Most military & civilian doctors (non- oncologists) felt that I would not survive the cancer, much less get back on flying status. I ended up being grounded for 18 months then got back on flying status in early 2001.  Retired in 2007 after 31+ total years (26.5 AGR years).

Hope this helps.  If you have any specific questions that I might be able to answer then let me know.

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Just wanted to say Thank You for your determination and Service to our Country.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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Can anyone tell me if CLL at stage 0 would be something that could cause a Medboard for a M-day soldier?  Curious?

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