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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan 2010: A local Haitian nurse and other hospital staff talk with Capt. Buddy Davis, a physician assistant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment. Davis visited the area hospital trying to find a place to send critical patients who may show up at the forward operating base the squadron had established in the city to help earthquake victims.

The Army has issued a call for retired medical professionals to bolster Coronavirus response. In a March 25 email to gage interest, LTG Thomas Seamands identified the following specialties: 60F: Critical Care Officer; 60N: Anesthesiologist; 66F: Nurse Anesthetist; 66S: Critical Care Nurse; 66P: Nurse Practitioner; 66T: ER Nurse; 68V: Respiratory Specialist; 68W: Medic.

Anyone currently working in a civilian hospital or medical facility should stay in that role. “We do not want to detract from the current care and treatment you are providing to the Nation,” said Seamands. For anyone else that remains qualified to service in a medical specialty, “When the Nation called — you answered, and now, that call may come again.”

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There appears to be interest. Reportedly closed to 10,000 former soldiers have replied. The call is open to other specialties, if you are interested – regardless of whether your specialty was listed – contact Human Resources Command, Reserve Personnel Management Directorate, at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.g3-retiree-recall@mail.mil or call 502-613-4911, and provide your phone number, address, email, and MOS/Branch.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended a similar invitation to retired medical personnel. Health-care providers who return to work for VA are not going to be subjected to an existing rule that would reduce their salaries to reflect the retirement pay they now collect. OPM is encouraging other agencies to request authority to waive offsets as well.

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