Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Mary A. Durand. Mary served for 27 years and attained the rank of captain.
Mary was born in Annapolis, Maryland to a Navy family. She began her service with seven years as a selected reservist. Before beginning her active duty, she completed her master’s degree in adult health nursing and licensure. Mary also had 13 years of nursing experience in various medical-surgical positions in Pensacola, Florida, the community health nurse in Okinawa, Japan and in the Tidewater region. Through the Navy’s Duty Under Instruction program she was also able to complete a master’s degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner and the senior nurse at the Oceana Branch Clinic in Virginia Beach.
Mary became one of the first family nurse practitioners to SURFLANT (Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic) from the Navy Medical Center. She served on 40 different ships and deployed for 178 days as the senior officer to the Camp Doha clinic in Kuwait where she served with Army medical providers. Mary finished her Navy career providing primary care and health services at a clinic in Pensacola, Florida.
Today she works as an adjunct instructor at three colleges of nursing, a family nurse practitioner, and is a member of the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association.
Thank you for your service, Mary!
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