Allow Diabetics to serve in non-combat positions in the military

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My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes in September 2011. Not only myself, but everyone was telling her that she can live a healthy normal life with diabetes. She was told that she can do and be whatever she wants to and nothing will stop her.

But when she was thinking about the things she would like to do and be when she is older, she mentioned the military.... but this is the one thing she can't do. But if we all join together, maybe this is one thing that we can change for all diabetics that have a dream to be in the military without lying and hiding a manageable disease.

I absolutely agree that someone with a medical condition should NOT be put in a position that has another persons’ life on the line. Someone that has a medical condition should not be deployed, and I believe should not be put in a combat situation.  

My thought on it, was why can’t someone with diabetes “hold down the fort” sort of speak. Why not have a job passing out the paychecks on base? Or have a job as a nurse that stays on base in the United States? Why not work a position that is just stationed here in America?

This will give Americans that are lucky enough to not have a medical condition to fight for their country. This will give our country more people to fight for their country, while others are doing what they can back at home to support our troops.  You don’t have to agree with my beliefs, and that is the beautiful thing about this country, that we have the right to voice our opinions.

Here is a fantastic link from a man that was deployed in Iraq and managed his Type 1 diabetes. 

http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,SS_060905_Diabetes,00.html

Another link below shows some insight on others that were diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, and their dreams of serving our country

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Diabetes---Juvenile-Type-I/Military-Discrimination/show/419104

 

Why couldn't someone with Diabetes join the Finance Corps in the Army??

The Finance Corps Mission Statement: The Finance Corps' Mission is to fund Army, Joint, and Combined Operations; execute timely commercial vendor and contract payments; and to provide pay and disbursing services, banking and currency services, and limited accounting on an area basis. AIT Location: AFAIK Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Or, why couldm't someone with diabetes join the Medical Service Corps in the Army?

The Medical Service Corps Mission Statement: To provide highly skilled and dedicated leaders who perform the clinical, scientific, administrative, command and support services essential to efficiently and effectively manage a quality, world-class health care system in support of the Army. AIT Location: AFAIK usually Fort Sam Houston located in San Antonio, Texas

These two branches in the military are a great example of positions that a person with Diabetes can successful do.

"Even with diabetes we could still be a valuable resource in support roles."

Sign my petition to allow diabetics to serve their country in non-combat environment.

 

Thank you!

 

ABOUT THE DISEASE

Type 1 (T1D, insulin-dependent or juvenile)

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from infancy to the late 30s. In this type of diabetes, a person's pancreas produces little or no insulin. T1D occurs when the body's own defense system (the immune system) attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. 

While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and-at present-nothing you can do to get rid of it.              

(http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103442)

 

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