Jean Carr was an Air Force nurse during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War in the 1960s.
“I wanted to be a history teacher, but my parents didn’t have the money to send me to college for four years,” the 74-year-old said as she sat at the dining table in her Burnt Store Isles home, south of Punta Gorda. “They decided my twin sister, Joan, and I could both become nurses. So we went to St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Peoria, Ill., for three years and became RNs. It was the best decision they ever made.
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