MIL News Story: Soldier Fit For Combat But Not Fit To Deliver Mail

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    Soldier Fit For Combat But Not Fit To Deliver Mail

    Guardsman Has Letters Declaring Him Fit For Combat

    POSTED: 7:28 am CST March 23, 2006
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- He's cleared for combat duty with the U.S. military but not fit enough to deliver the U.S. mail.
    Jason Lyon has been turned down for a postal carrier job because of the ankle injury he suffered after jumping off an Army Humvee while serving with the Army in Baghdad two years ago.
    After a few weeks, military doctors certified the 28-year-old sergeant physically fit and he returned to combat duty. Lyon was later wounded by a roadside bomb that killed three of his comrades.
    A doctor for the U.S. Postal Service ruled that Lyon's ankle injury makes him unfit to be hired as a mail carrier. The doctor said the injury would make it difficult for the National Guardsman to walk or stand for long periods of time.
    Lyon has a stack of Army medical reports that declare him fit for combat. He said it seems unfair that he can carry a rifle, but not a mail bag.
    Postal officials said Lyon is welcome to apply for a job as a clerk or custodian.
    But Lyon told The Buffalo News he wants to work as a mail carrier because it pays more and lets him work with the public.

    Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Makes you think about civilian and military doctors...
    Reminds me of "Drink Water, Drive On"

    "Drill Sergeant, He broke his leg", "Drink Water"

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