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Fraudulent medical records

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donna816 Oct 2. 10 Replies

My son is 17 and in bootcamp. Never ever has he been to a psychotherapist nor has he ever taken any meds. The Doctor in bootcamp found psych meds in his record from a psychotherapy office in VA 2018…Continue


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Jen replied to Todd's discussion 'PIR date and diviison'
"My son left Sept 3rd, has played sax since 5th grade, he is in a 900 division and he is on the state flag detail. His PIR is Nov 8th because it took two weeks for his P days and filling the division. So, he will be there 10 wks."
Jen left a comment for Jen
"He is in Div 953"
Oct 9
Donna816 replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"Such great news that you were able to get this fixed.  What a nightmare!"
Oct 2
Jen commented on MeriLee71's blog post 'Daughter leaves December 10'
"Spend as much quality time as you can with her before she leaves. It will hurt and that is no lie, but with a family/friend support system and NAVYfor Moms it becomes easier. Telling yourself to suck it up and be strong for her helps too. If you…"
Oct 2
Jen replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"Yes very strange. I went from worried sick, to let me try to fix this, to angry.. whatever it was I will either have to wait to ask him at graduation or we will never know. I thought maybe it was a moment of truth scare tactic, but I just don't…"
Oct 1
My2kidsmom9498 replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"That is strange."
Oct 1
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"That’s fantastic news Jen!"
Sep 26
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Sep 26
Jen replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"Whatever craziness this was is now resolved. My son is back with his division and I received my form letter today. So glad to have that over!"
Sep 26
Jen replied to Tracey's discussion 'HE DID IT! HE DID IT! HE DID IT!!!!❤️' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"That is wonderful!!!"
Sep 25
Jen replied to Tracey's discussion 'Son Failed PSA Test' in the group Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones)
"Hi Tracey..I think the hardest part is not being there to help them, but for our children it is probably the best thing. I hope that your son will see this as a chance to get in even better physical shape and stay positive. I will keep you both in…"
Sep 23
Jen liked JMCorpsmanMom's discussion So I saw this prayer today and it really spoke to me, I know it is for a United States Marine but I think it could fit for the Navy or any service
Sep 23
Jen replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"Hi LeAnn, I drove fro NC to VA and the Medical Facility and Dr in question had no record of my son having been seen or prescribed medication. This has been the most stressful weekend! I know my sons medical background like I know my own...probably…"
Sep 23
B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"I don't have an answer but I agree - very strange.  I hope you are able to get this resolved quickly!"
Sep 20
anasazigypsy replied to Jen's discussion 'Fraudulent medical records'
"Would probably be a good idea to order a credit report for his social security number if you suspect identity theft. Since he's not 18 yet you should be able to do it yourself. Very weird situation."
Sep 19
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Fraudulent medical records

My son is 17 and in bootcamp. Never ever has he been to a psychotherapist nor has he ever taken any meds. The Doctor in bootcamp found psych meds in his record from a psychotherapy office in VA 2018 and we moved from VA in 16??? Now tomorrow I have to call and see if I can straighten this out. I was given a fax # to send info..very strange and I can't help but think it's a case of stole identity. Any thoughts?
Sep 19

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At 12:37pm on October 16, 2019, thesuperm72 said…

Jen, Thanks for the advice which I'll definitely pass on to her. It's great advice for all young people! Thanks for the info on EMs as well. I'll be honest, I'm really confused now as to why she switched. Will be interesting to see her perspective and reasoning as a young adult. I've always seen her as more of a hands-on kind of person, so this choice is interesting! 

I've read your son's story to both of my teen boys now. Such an awesome example of how God answers prayer, even when we least expect Him to! What I love about the story is that your son can reflect back to it when things are tough, seems like God is silent, etc. and find encouragement because he knows God answers. And can use it to encourage others. Thank you for sharing! 

I'm feeling better and better about things as the week goes. Typed up a "fill in the answers" letter to her with questions about BC, PIR, and life. Also found a hilarious cat meme to include. Hopefully the less emotional communication will help with her homesickness and perspective. Going to try to keep things lighter, Christ-centered, encouraging, and "the end is in sight" focused over the next 2 weeks in my letters. Hopefully that will help her persevere with a more positive outlook and finish strong. 

Hope you have a great rest of your week! :) 

At 1:55pm on October 14, 2019, thesuperm72 said…

Thank you Jen for the encouragement. Thank you for your service and so glad to hear it was a great career for you! She started out as a nuke ET, but switched last week to an EM, I believe. She said she wanted more hands on work balanced with paperwork. She said ETs are mostly paper/data. At least that was my understanding from our emotional call. She actually said she was interested in the ELT but didn't put in for it as she was afraid of not getting accepted and all the competition for that placement. Wish I could have encouraged her to go for it anyways! I'm excited for her life plans and thankful to hear about other women being successful during service. 

Is there any advice you'd give her, female to female, that I could share with her in a letter or at PIR? She's talked with a friend of mine that was AirForce, but a Navy perspective would be awesome! 

What is your son's rate? What does he want to do? I'm still getting used to the Navy lingo, and as a teacher, I'm always asking students what do you want to do as a career when you're an adult. Rate feels so strange, but I'll get used to it! 

Thank you again for the message! I know she'll get through this and be all the stronger for it! Have a great day!

At 11:30pm on October 13, 2019, lemonelephant said…

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At 11:29pm on October 13, 2019, lemonelephant said…

The Page, 800 and 900 Divisions, within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will be of interest to you since you have a recruit in a performing division. I believe that Division 953 is Sticks (Flags). 

Write to your recruit and ask when Battle Stations-21 (BST) will be to know when to expect the "I'm a Sailor!" call.

At 10:11pm on October 9, 2019, Jen said…
He is in Div 953
At 7:59pm on September 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Be sure to make at least change 3.

At 7:56pm on September 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Arrival and What Happens at RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening and what to expect.

Be sure to join your PIR group once you get The Form Letter, which now arrives 9 to 14 business days after your recruit's arrival at RTC. Let me know when you know your recruit's ship and division. I will have more info for you.

At 7:55pm on September 23, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Welcome to Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones). I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) for information on what to expect and to help you prepare for PIR. Start with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) and Arrival and What Happens at RTC and read 1 or 2 pages a day and then go back to them as you need the info. 

If you would like information on your recruit’s rating (job/occupational specialty) or field, then let me know the rating or field. There are groups for most specialties and/or "A" Schools and knowing that will help you to better plan for PIR weekend.   

Take care and blessings to you and yours.

At 9:37pm on September 12, 2019, lemonelephant said…

Make at least change 3 at the bottom of OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (clickable link) and change the Privacy Settings for this page from "Anyone" to "Members." 

There may be other changes you need to make as well, so read and consider each of the changes. 

At 10:25am on September 12, 2019, B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN said…

Welcome to!   

Head to “Settings” on the main page right away to add a profile image (no last names visible, please) and complete your Profile. Then - and this is important! - read these Community Guidelines and this Operations Security (OPSEC) Checklist, for the safety and privacy of all our Sailors.

Then jump right in!  Browse around the site and check out the groups and the information in their Discussion Forums.

Join this group for boot camp moms, where you'll also find a group for your Pass in Review (graduation) date; and this one for PIR Reference Information.  

Get a head start during boot camp by joining groups for, and learning about, your Sailor's occupational specialty and "A" School; and later your Sailor's duty station and/or Navy ship and homeport. You can also join groups for your own state, region or home town and interests from getting ready for deployment to care package ideas!

Please say Hi when you join a group, and feel free to ask any and all questions - everyone was new once, and there is no "dumb" question. 

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