Long time lurker and first post...
First, thank you all for the incredible information and time that goes into keeping everyone informed with the AFA experiences, knowledge and insights.
Two weeks before my son was to report to the Air Force Prep, he breaks his leg in an organized recreation activity at a Church camp in Florida. Another camp attendee rolled up his ankle and popped the fibula about 4” above the ankle. They were not goofing around; it was just a crazy accident.
We got him back home and quickly got him to an orthopedist that put him in a hard cast and a subsequent surgery to install a plate and screws to secure the alignment. It was successful and he gets the sutures out today and will be in a boot for 4 weeks.
We contacted the AFA and his recruiting coach not sure how the conversation would go, but they were very understanding and supportive.
His spirits are good. He is saddened by the fact that the buildup and preparation to this point are gone, but on the bright side, he’s happy he has an additional year to bulk up and keep preparing for the tough academics. He is set on AFA and this incident reaffirmed his commitment to push forward. His mom and I are ok because he’s doing ok. He’s a good strong Christian young man and knows there are higher plans in all of this that we just don’t see yet.
We contacted the NCAA and a local college and he will be enrolling in 3 classes to keep his study / academic skills fresh. This had been an emotional rollercoaster for him and the rest of the family.
So, now I'm back to buying the 6 gallons of milk he goes through every week… For this next year, I’m making him a “bubble boy” 6 months prior to reporting.
For all the other families that are facing a turn-back, our heart and prayers are with your families also. Best of luck to all.