If some of you don't know, i'll say it again. I am currently on a 11 month deployment to Iraq, the first four months being iloc. My unit is leaving sometime between now and the end of September. I have an inherited UNCURABLE skin disease on my feet (paintballer, my brother, has it too ) called Plantars Hyperkeratosis. My feet getting hot and sweaty inside my boots for so long made it get really bad, causing it to crack open and bleed from a lot of different places. The batallion medical officer decided that I am combat ineffective and said I had no business being a Marine, and that they were going to send me back to my home unit (i'm a reservist) where I would probably be discharged. The skin disease will never go away, and as long as I wear boots for very long, it will get bad. I had problems in boot camp and SOI, but never this bad. I am not here to argue his decision. Yeah, I wasted the past 4 months of my life, and now I won't get to be a war veteran, but I got over that and now i'm moving on. I'm used to getting screwed over by the military now. One of two things will happen now. Either I will get stuck in rear-party in Camp Pendleton, where my job is to take care of wounded Marines who come back, OR, I will get sent home and get discharged. I love my fellow Marines to death, but there are plenty of Marines who are broken (just broken bones, they will heal) who can take care of them just fine. I don't want to sit in Camp Pendleton on libo for 8 months spending money. I'd rather be home starting my life again. I have heard two different stories. One, they own me for a year and will use me all they can, and will discharge me AFTER the deployment is over when I go home. The other story I heard, which I believe, is that I should be sent home right away since I will be getting discharged. The Marine Corps wouldn't want to shout out the $2400 a month i'm making for me to sit on my ass on libo. My old vehicle commander, a Corporal, who is also a politician in the civilian world and planning on running for Congress, said that if I call my congressman back in Missouri, that I could be home in 24 hours. He said the congressman would call the commanding general of my division and make shit happen. What are my options? What are my rights?