Help Kai Serve His Country
Organized by: Kai Wise
Hello everyone. My name's Kai. I love to play my Tuba, tinker with cars, and spend time with my son. During high school I was a cadet in one of the top JROTC programs in North Carolina. I also played tuba for one of the best marching bands in North Carolina. Since middle school I knew the military was what I wanted to do. Everyone in my family has served from WWI up to now. It's sort of an unsaid tradition. I successfully enlisted before graduating high school. My job: 14Echo a PATRIOT Fire Control Enhance Operator Maintainer. On Jun 24 2013, I left for BCT to Fort Benning, GA. It was the best day of my life. I arrived at the 30th AG Battalion where all new recruits get their gear, complete all important paper work such as your wills, DEERS, TRI-Care, and get their 2nd medical screening and vaccines. Two days before we shipped to Sand Hill to start BCT we all went for a vision screening. During my screening the nurses said that I needed to see an EENT doctor. They referred me to a doctor at MACH (the hospital on base) to pinpoint the problem. I went to 2 appointments and he concluded that I was a Borderline Glaucoma candidate and that I could no longer continue with my military career. My world came crashing down and all I could do was cry, feeling like a failure wondering how I would break the news to my newly wedded wife. The confusion running through my head could only produce one question, "Why didn't they catch this at MEPS?" Still to this day I ask the same question. The doctor that diagnosed me on base (Major Star) said that this was fixable and once fixed I could reenlist without any problems. I'm trying to raise money because I spoke with an eye doctor and went through an evaluation, which I paid for out of my own pocket, and the final say was that a simple lasik procedure would fix it permanently. Easier said than done. I've tried every route to get this done and I've ran into nothing but dead ends. I make to much money to receive any government aid but not enough to do it on my own. The 2 year wait for reenlisting has expired, and with proof of this issue being fixed and a medical waiver, I can reenlist. The RE code on my DD214 is an RE3 which means I can reenlist after the problem has been corrected. I've also spoken with a recruiter, showed all the medical discharge paper work and he said that if I got this problem fixed I could reenlist and leave the next day if I wanted. For me, currently, this is nothing but a far fetched dream only to be struck down by reality. But with your help it can be reality. I'm praying you'll find it in your heart to help me serve my country. Thank you for your time.