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    A Nurse with an Amputation Hopes to Join the Air Force. A New Bill Could Allow Her to Do So.

    A Nurse with an Amputation Hopes to Join the Air Force. A New Bill Could Allow Her to Do So.

    Hannah Cvancara grew up watching documentaries with her father, visiting war museums on family vacations, and playing with the little toy soldiers dutifully deployed to her windowsill. She would look at the small green men molded into their fighting positions and knew, even though she was missing her left foot, she wanted to serve some day.

    Cvancara is the namesake of the “Hannah Cvancara Service Act,” a bill introduced by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in February. If passed, it would allow amputees interested in joining the military to serve in medical personnel fields in the National Guard, reserves and on active duty.

    “The goal is to create more opportunities for individuals with a disability — who can otherwise prove their physical fitness — to serve their country with honor in a role they are capable of executing,” Kyle VonEnde, spokesman for McMorris Rodgers, told Military.com in an email.

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    Cvancara, who currently works as an emergency room nurse in Spokane, , hopes to join the National Guard if given the chance.

    The bill adds an amendment to Title 10, Chapter 49, of the U.S. Code, which provides the guidelines for military service. While Cvancara's bill is tailored specifically to allow individuals with amputations to serve in military medicine, the hope is to expand service options across other…

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