I was just informed by a terse email from my recruiter that MEPS has DQ'd me because they found a reference in the hospital records that I submitted of a statement from my mother that I had been diagnosed 7-8 years ago with ADHD, and I did not disclose it.
I am not aware that I was ever diagnosed as such, but I was misbehaving in school. So I did not disclose this because I was not aware of any ADHD diagnosis. Being honest here, at the time I felt abandoned because my father lost his job locally and had to work away from home for long periods, and then he and my mother were getting divorced. As a child, I rebelled and acted out. Not proud of the way I behaved, but I was 12-13 at the time. Testosterone and stupidity, I guess.
My mother after talking with one of her friends, apparently thought that I was suffering from ADHD and my guess is that she talked a Dr. (not my primary physician) into prescribing meds for me, which I took for a couple of months. My primary physician at the time took me off of them years ago.
Do I have any shot at an appeal? If so, what steps should I take? I was thinking about getting tested to verify that I do not have the condition. My recruiter is very abrupt and closed (he is in Miami, and I think must be crazy busy), so I do not feel that he could offer any positive insight, so I am turning to this remarkable group for thoughts. I absolutely did not intentionally misrepresent or hide any info, at 13, I answered as truthfully as my knowledge and awareness allowed. I sincerely want to serve in the Coast Guard, and this has just crushed me. Thank you for any thoughts and suggestions. .