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  1. Okay here we go. I have been currently accepted into an ADN program and will start this August. I had a friend tell me that he knows of an amputee working as a military nurse. When I mean amputee, I mean lower leg amputee. I am an amputee also, and always wanted to be in the military,but always knew me being an amputee would hinder that. I am really curious. Not saying I want to go this route,but I just would like to know. Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   teeituptom
    Thats athought and with all the antidscrimination laws.
    and Americans with disabilities act and etc
  4. by   DelGR
    Originally posted by Banginplates
    Okay here we go. I have been currently accepted into an ADN program and will start this August. I had a friend tell me that he knows of an amputee working as a military nurse. When I mean amputee, I mean lower leg amputee. I am an amputee also, and always wanted to be in the military,but always knew me being an amputee would hinder that. I am really curious. Not saying I want to go this route,but I just would like to know. Any replies would be greatly appreciated.
    You sure that it wasn't a civilian nurse working in a military hospital. That happens often near military bases/hospitals. They don't have enough qualified military nurses and, so, hire civilian nurses to fill the needed positions.
  5. by   Banginplates
    DelGr that is a good question. I never thought about it. I will have to check. I also didn' know that the military hired civilians to work at military bases. I am curious are the benefits the same for a civilian as it is for soldiers and family??
  6. by   KaroSnowQueen
    I don't know about on base, but in the VA hospital here you can retire after 20 yrs, etc like regular govt employees with similar benefits.
  7. by   DelGR
    If you work for the VA, you'd be under the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) now. It use to be called the CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System).
    You could at one time work for either the military as a civilian or work in a military hospital as a VA paid employee (which would be a civilian job). Now, I have no idea how it works.
    I have a friend that is a civilian and at first worked as a VA nurse in a military hospital. When she had an opportunity to come back to the VA, she declined. She stated she makes less than what she would make if she came back to the VA but she likes the job and benefits. I don't know what her benefits are. I'm not quite sure if she is paid by the Dept. of Defense or the VA.
  8. by   Soldiersnurse

    I am a DOD civilian nurse at an Army Post in Northern New York. The money is ok, benefits are great. They are not the same that the active duty military receive though. We also work under the FERS for retirement. Love working for the government. Best 0700-1600 job, Monday thru Friday--holidays and weekends off job I have ever had. Wouldn't give it up for the world.

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