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Tammy Duckworth: Why she kicks ass
She is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district since 2013. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.
An Iraq War veteran, she served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war. She continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
She received a Purple Heart on December 3 and was promoted to Major on December 21 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she was presented with an Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
She helped establish the “Intrepid Foundation” and is involved in its fundraising to build a rehabilitation center for other injured veterans.
She was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs on November 21, 2006, to February 8, 2009. She was honored by Chicago’s Access Living for “her extraordinary commitment to veterans with disabilities.”
 In 2007 Duckworth was honored by the non-profit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America with the “Veterans Leadership Award”, in recognition of her dedication to the nation’s newest generation of veterans.
At the AmVets’ National Symposium for the Needs of Young Veterans, Duckworth called for improvements in veterans health care. She called formandatory funding of veterans’ health care, rather than discretionary funding that could change with political winds; she also wants improvements in transition assistance for those returning to civilian life, particularly for those with disabilities. She also wanted the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire more veterans as doctors and nurses because they understand what combat veterans face, and she wants the VA to prepare for the possibility of severe respiratory problems in the future for Iraq war veterans.

Tammy Duckworth: Why she kicks ass

  • She is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district since 2013. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.
  • An Iraq War veteran, she served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war. She continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
  • She received a Purple Heart on December 3 and was promoted to Major on December 21 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she was presented with an Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
  • She helped establish the “Intrepid Foundation” and is involved in its fundraising to build a rehabilitation center for other injured veterans.
  • She was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs on November 21, 2006, to February 8, 2009. She was honored by Chicago’s Access Living for “her extraordinary commitment to veterans with disabilities.”
  •  In 2007 Duckworth was honored by the non-profit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America with the “Veterans Leadership Award”, in recognition of her dedication to the nation’s newest generation of veterans.
  • At the AmVets’ National Symposium for the Needs of Young Veterans, Duckworth called for improvements in veterans health care. She called formandatory funding of veterans’ health care, rather than discretionary funding that could change with political winds; she also wants improvements in transition assistance for those returning to civilian life, particularly for those with disabilities. She also wanted the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire more veterans as doctors and nurses because they understand what combat veterans face, and she wants the VA to prepare for the possibility of severe respiratory problems in the future for Iraq war veterans.
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