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veteran – a person who served in the military during a war; a person who has completed military service * Jake’s great-grandfather is a World War II veteran.
rewarding – giving one a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction; worthwhile and making someone feel good * It must be so rewarding to work to find homes for orphaned children.
returning vet – a returning veteran; a person who served in the military during a war and is completing or has recently completed that service, coming back home * Returning vets sometimes have difficulty relating to their spouse and children once they move back home.
physically – relating to the body and things that one can feel and see * Unloading boxes from trucks is a physically demanding job.
injured – for a part of the body to be hurt, damaged, or broken * I can’t believe nobody was injured in that car accident!
to adjust to – to adapt to something; to transition from one condition or thing to another; to become accustomed to something * How long did it take you to adjust to living in this country?
medical disability – a condition that does not allow one to use part of one’s body as other people do * Her hearing is so bad that it’s a medical disability and she needs to wear hearing aids.
limb – an arm or leg * Is the pain worse in your right or left limbs?
amputated – removed surgically, especially when talking about an arm, leg, or finger * Bobby’s arm got caught in the machines at the factory and it had to be amputated.
hearing loss – a reduction in one’s ability to hear well; losing one’s ability to hear * Felipe has severe hearing loss because he worked at the airport for 20 years without the right ear protection.