In 1993 Corporal Thomas Eidschun broke his neck on an airborne operation. Over the next 22 years as an Airborne Special Operations Active Duty Soldier, with 120 recorded jumps, there would be many trips to the ER following airborne jumps complaining of headaches, nausea and dizziness. There would also be an IED(improvised explosive device) during a deployment to Afghanistan.Until one day, when Sargent Major Eidschun was running in a formation and started feeling dizzy, barely able to return before passing out. He had no idea that was the first day of a journey that would have him trying to remember every detail of the previous 25 years of Service in order to find out what was happening. After a year of working with many Drs in Oahu, Tom was sent to Walter Reed Military Medical Hospital in Bethesda Maryland to seek more specialized care.
Two years at Walter Reed finally ended with answers to the question, "What was happening to him?" But it was the two years while at the hospital that left his family exhausted and in failing health themselves. The fight to prove that he was not having Post Traumatic Stress.
August, 2017 Sergeant Major Eidschun was seen at Mt Sinai, NYC. From this visit, he was told he has Tau proteins on his Cerebrum, as well as Tau on his sub cortex. September, 2017 Tom was diagnosed with Pure Autonomic Failure at NIH(National Institute of Health). During the last three years of his Army Service, military Drs had told him that he was malingering or suffering from trauma he saw during deployments. However, neither of these answers explained the dizziness, memory loss or head pain.
Today, with the help of two medications, SGM Thomas Eidschun is able to work and help his wife to make this non profit happen. The fight for truth was long and hard, but he is proof that good self advocacy, as well as allowing a spouse to advocate along side, is essential.