Anyone Completed a Med Board and Still in the Military

Meet Woody:

I found out I have ulcerative colitis in 2009 while I was deployed. I’m in the Air Force and in security forces.


I have no symptoms right now.

Completing the Med Board with Ulcerative Colitis

I found out I have ulcerative colitis in 2009 while I was deployed. I showed no normal symptoms for colitis. I just had to use the bathroom about 15 times a day and at least 4 times at night. I was able to work out everyday with no problem and run still. I was sent to Germany and that’s when I found out I had UC. The meds they gave didn’t work at first it made things worst for me. I was in and out of the hospital for a month. I weighed 173 while deployed after I got back I and got out of the hospital I weighed 139 pounds. The doctors gave me Remicade and told me if it didn’t work, then they would have to removed my colon. Thank god it did. After the first treatment I felt better quick. If I know the side affect of it i don’t know if i would have gone through with it. But it worked. I’m in the Air Force and in security forces. I was on meds for two years. I had three treatments of Remicade and was on Asacol for over two years. I have been off my meds for two years now and I have to go to lackland for my formal board. I have letters of rec from all my chain of command. No wavers for pt and have never missed a day of work. I am back to 165 lbs. I can still wear my 40 lbs of gears everyday with no problems. I can eat just about anything but popcorn hurts a little but I can handle it. I have two GI docs and both said i have a mid case. I am trying to get case as a class 2 so I can stay in and still deploy.

I was trying to find out if anyone has completed the med board and if they are still in?

written by Woody

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5 thoughts on “Anyone Completed a Med Board and Still in the Military”

  1. Hi there, typing from an iPad so bare with me. I can’t you help in regards to MEB’s, but I can tell you that I also am in the AF and suffering from this disease. For me an entire retirement is on the line as I’m at 18.5 yrs. Since diagnosis I’ve done everything under the sun to keep my problems at bay, but all I do is suffer. I’m avoiding the hospital, but also in a permanent flare. I’m mildly comforted that you were treated for so long before an MEB was started–at least it appears that way.

    It sounds to me like you’re MEB is in full force, so now your options are to (A) convince the board to keep you, or (B) convince the board you’re condition is bad enough to earn a ‘medical retirement’. I suspect that your informal board came back with a decision you didn’t like, likely 10% severance and out the door. The bad news is, in all of my research, I’ve never heard of someone going to a board for Colitis and getting to stay in. Sorry for that news. I’ve heard of it happening in the Navy once though.

    If I were you, I’d make sure you have all of your convincing argument committed to memory. For the board to recommend staying in the AF, you gotta prove (like a lawyer) that you’re not a problem and you can easily deploy and do your job forever without any problems ever again. Yeah, that’s tough. The Commanders recommendation carries significant weight, so I hope yours is strong. Where are you at in your career? Is it worth it to stay? Will this MEB come around again even if you get to stay?

    PEB Forums. You MUST go to that site if you haven’t yet. It has an absolute wealth of information. The entire community is military going through med boards and its run by guys who care. You won’t find anyone locally giving a crap about you, trust me. DTA CYA should be your motto. The AF will use, abuse, and toss. Remember bro, show the board that your medical condition has absolutely zero impact on the mission. Zero. Make the board realize that it would be rediculous NOT to keep you.


  2. Hey,

    I’m going through a MEB with the Army and like DH says you got to fight hard to be kept. I am on Humira and have been in remission for 3 months. I’m waiting to PCS but cna’t move while going through a MEB so it sucks I am in limbo here at Ft. Lewis. I met a CW5 who had a coloctomy and stayed in. Problem with drugs like Humira and Remicade is that it puts you in a non deployable status since you uwould be prone to infections in foreign lands. It isn’t all black and white and if you are a good soldier/airman with controlled condition hopefully they will keep you. What does the reg say for the air force? In the army you are unretainable unless responding well to treatment


  3. I had the same happen to me I’m in the Army and I started going straight blood around 20x or more each day on deployment in Afg. in 2012 and was sent home with a diagnosis of severe UC and was sent for an MEB. I was lucky enough to have an emergency surgery before my MEB packet was sent to the board, If I would have stayed in country and toughed it out any longer it would have played out differently. I ended up with a proctocolectomy and had a temporary illeostomy. After my recovery time I had a ton of “mandatory” MEB appointments. I fought and argued at every appointment requesting to see everyone I delt with supervisor. With no help and with no one knowledgeable enough on how to stop an MEB. Then when it seemed hopeless I realized a tiny detail but an important one. They were trying to kick me out for UC, and UC is a disease of the large intestine, so I requested to speak to the director of the IDES clinic who is an MD himself, it took a month but finally the day came. I brought my medical records and showed him everything about my case. I told him he can’t kick me out because the reason for my MEB was UC, and I don’t have and never again will have UC, I would have to have a large intestine for that to be possible, so legally you can’t allow your clinic to refer me to a board for a condition I simply do not have.

  4. Sorry, I hit submit comment…
    Anyways the guy acknowledged I was right and terminated my MEB and erased my permanent profile for UC, where he messed up is he told me and only me to get with my primary care provider and start a new MEB for having an illeostomy. I did not. I have not been back to sick call for any thing since he told me that. The very next week the medical system was tracking I was no longer in MEB so I went to retention and reenlisted for 6 years and that was in April 2013 while I had a poop bag , in August I finally has the last surgery and was on my way to being normal. By October I passed my PT test only to the minimums and got up, I wasn’t worried about anything but passing and getting through the pain (believe it or not sit up event was easy, it was the push ups and the run that was hard). Next month I’m going to the E-6 board. To sum it up only you will care for you, what I did was deceitful and I worked through the many gaps in the system. I probably could have had some UCMJ for disobeying an order but I did what I had to do for my career and my family. I had leeway being an NCO and a supportive COC luckily and was young and healthy enough to make a full recovery, so it is all in the past now. Let me know how it goes and if you need some advice, I hate seeing the good guys have to go home while the lazy try to get out with a disability rating. We need more like you in our ranks!

  5. I’m currently active duty Air Force and was diagnosed with UC two years ago. Went through the whole med board process and was returned to duty with an assignment limitation code C2. Six months after I was diagnosed I did a one year remote to Korea. I did my RILO over in Korea and same results, return to duty. I’m not on a profile and complete my full PT test. I’m almost at 20 years of service (April) and recently was notified of my selection to CMSgt. I know this is an old post, hope everything worked out for you.

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