I got my PPL in 1985 and flew as often as I could. However, due solely to my military career, I had a 15-year flight hiatus. Between 2003 and 2010, I had five combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I separated from the military following my last deployment in 2014 after 18 years of service. Despite the many nearby explosions I suffered, on my last deployment I suffered a TBI with a positive LOC and a fractured right hip from a VBIED. The VA rated me 25% for the TBI and 55% for my hip. The VA prescribed me doxazocin in 2014 for the TBI/PTSD diagnosis. This drug is usually prescribed for high blood pressure and prostate problems, however, I have none of these. The VA has found this medication to be very beneficial in reducing or eliminating nightmares and allowing the service member to process information more appropriately and normally in high stress environments. Whether the data for this drug suggests so, I have no idea. What I can tell you is that ALL of my post-deployment nightmares are completely gone and I’m sleeping great.
I have, since my separation from service, waited almost 10 years before trying to fly again because I wanted to determine if I would have any recurrences or other problems. I am happy to say that I have ZERO since 2014. I am, at this point, comfortable with my ability to process information. So much so that I am currently in graduate school completing my masters in which I am on track to earn a 4.0 GPA. I am not offering this to gloat or draw attention to myself. It’s just a piece of evidence that my brain has healed.
This year, with absolutely no other issues developing for nearly 10 years, I decided to try and reestablish my PPL currency. On August 3, 2022, I went to my AME for a medical class III exam. For the reasons given above, he said he had to defer to the FAA. At the end of the exam, he said to me:
“I see no reason for them to refuse this. And, personally, I think you’re a perfect candidate to fly again. I just have to send this back to the FAA for review.
I realize that it doesn’t matter what I think of my condition and that the FAA’s decision will be based on their empirical data regarding my condition. What I can say, in my humble opinion, is that I’m doing very well.
For those with similar issues and all medical experts reading this thread. Is my desire to fly again just wishful thinking? Should I forget to get back in the air and focus my attention elsewhere? I have MOUNTAINS of medical records. Should I send them all this? How accurate will they be regarding medical records? On this I contacted http://www.airdocs.net/aviation-medical-exams.html to see if they have any advice for me. But, anything this group has to offer would be appreciated.