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March 12, 2010
Oregon National Guard Works to Help Medford Soldier
 
SALEM, Ore. – Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon Military Department, ordered today for a complete review of the medical records for a Medford, Ore., soldier regarding his medical readiness, ability to perform the duties of a soldier, and continued full-time employment with the National Guard.

Sgt. 1st Class Scott Irving, 1st Battalion, 186 Infantry, who works for the Oregon National Guard as an Active Guard-Reserve (AGR) employee in Medford, is requesting he be discharged from the military and given a medical retirement due to medical issues he says prevent him from performing his duties as a soldier.

The Oregon National Guard is working with Active Duty Army doctors and Irving's civilian care providers to review the medical records and determine whether Irving is able to continue full-time service with the National Guard as an AGR employee.

The decision of whether to grant a medical retirement would need to come from an Active Duty medical facility.

Rees ordered a team of Oregon Military Department officials to meet with Irving and his family to review the situation and possible outcomes given the medical diagnosis from civilian and military doctors.

Once the review is complete, Rees said a final determination on Irving's status will be made.
Since 2007, the Oregon National Guard has referred Irving twice to the Madigan Army Medical Center; an Active Duty Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Doctors at Madigan found Irving to be "Fit for Duty" both times and released him back to the Oregon National Guard to continue his service.

The Oregon National Guard is working with Irving and his family to start a claim with the Veterans Administration should he qualify and need continued medical care.

Currently Irving is on full-time status and continues to receive all medical benefits and pay pending the full review of his medical readiness.

"It is the policy of the Oregon National Guard to assist every soldier in receiving all benefits they may be eligible to receive related to that soldier's service," said Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department. "We fully intend to ensure that Sgt. 1st Class Irving and his family understand these benefits and can access the system to get them."
 
 
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar
Oregon Military Department
Public Affairs Officer
503-584-3917
503-990-9508