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In "Promises to Keep," a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama's running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school.
Originally posted by vor78
Biden had asthma and that eventually kept him out, but thankfully, it didn't stop him from being a lifeguard or playing high school football.
ARMY REGULATIONS 40-501
Standards of Medical Fitness
Updated 19 February 2004
Section 2-23. Lungs, chest wall, pleura, and mediastinum
The causes for rejection for appointment, enlistment, and induction are:
d. Asthma (ICD-9 code 493), including reactive airway disease, exercise induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed at any age. Reliable diagnostic criteria should consist of any of the following elements:
(1) Substantiated history of cough, wheeze, and/or dyspnea that persists or recurs over a prolonged period of time, generally more than 6 months.
(2) If the diagnosis of asthma is in doubt, a test for reversible airflow obstruction (greater than a 15 percent increase in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEVI) following administration of an inhaled bronchodilator) or airway hyperactivity (exaggerated decrease in airflow induced by standard bronchoprovocation challenge such as methacholine inhalation or a demonstration of exercise-induced bronchospasm) must be performed.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Or are you suggesting Mr. Biden's public service to his state and his country for over 30 years is insufficient proof of his patriotism?
Originally posted by marg6043
Actually asthma is a big issue at least now a days in the military, my son has a friend that had childhood asthma by the time he was a teen the asthma was long gone.
He joined the Marines, as soon the records of his childhood asthma came around he was released.
I guess back in the Vietnam era may not have been such a big issue but today is.