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Thanks for your service

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First of all, thanks all for your service to our country. I am not a veteran, but I have a brother in law (retired Lt Col), a sister in  law & her husband who both retired as Cols., along with 3 nieces who are career army, and 2 nephews who are in College under ROTC. I am descended from both patriots and loyalists in the American Revolution. We have several close friends who are Chaplains. I understand and respect the sacrifices that your families incur while you perform your duty.

That said, I am a VA nurse, on leave from the Mpls. VA Hospital due to a work injury that resulted in my amp. I do have prior experience in the private hospitals, and I have to say that the veterans are the best patients to work with. It has been my priveledge to care for those who served our country. The areas that I have worked are units where the veterans may stay for extended periods of time, and that provides an opportunity to really know the person, not just their condition or disease. I have treated active duty wounded warriors  injured in OIF/OEF, who in spite of their brain injuries/amputations just want to get back to their unit, to Vietnam  Vets with physical & PTSD wounds from the war, to WWII vets, including POWS & one I remember specifically who was in the Battan Death March. Their bravery, encouragement, and determination is inspiring. I have to say that my experience with them is the best part of the job, and I looked forward going to work each day. I truly believe that their experiences and determination has helped me navigate through my personal amputation.

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Merry Christmas to all our vets!

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