Showing posts with label Tammy Duckworth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tammy Duckworth. Show all posts

Monday, September 1, 2014

Representative-Veteran Double Amputee Duckworth "thrilled" to be pregnant

Iraq veteran U.S. Rep. Duckworth 'thrilled' to be pregnant
Daily Herald
Mike Riopell
September 1, 2014

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she six months pregnant and expecting a daughter.

The Hoffman Estates Democrat, Iraq veteran and double amputee broke the news this morning on NBC's "Today" in a segment describing how four amputees who came home from the Iraq War are now pregnant or have recently had a baby.

Shortly after the news broke online, Duckworth posted a photo of a pink baby shirt with blue lettering saying "heli baby" and a plastic cup reading "Helicopter Pilot in Training."

"I am so thrilled I'm going to be a mother here in just four months," she told "Today."

Duckworth said the time she and other veterans have taken to start families speaks to the tough road faced by many soldiers who've come home from recent conflicts.

"We're the best-case scenario, and it's taken us 10 years to put our lives back together, to get into a good place where we could think about having children," she told the Daily Herald last week.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Veteran business owner" should be ashamed of himself

Duckworth rips witness over veterans disability claim
Posted by
CNN's Ashley Killough
3 hours ago

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double-amputee, lambasted a witness during a congressional hearing Wednesday, accusing him of "gaming the system" for federal veterans benefits.

The witness, Braulio Castillo, had come under scrutiny from the House Oversight and Government Reform committee for allegedly claiming veteran disability status as a way to gain an advantage in contracting bids for the Internal Revenue Service.

Castillo, president and CEO of an IT company called Strong Castle, reported a foot injury he sustained in 1984 at the U.S Military Academy Preparatory School, according to a report released by the committee. He was honorably discharged in his first year at the school, and later went on to play football at the University of San Diego as quarterback and linebacker.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Iraq War veterans slam military on sexual assault cases

Tammy Duckworth, Tulsi Gabbard Slam Military's Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases
The Huffington Post
By Chris Gentilviso
Posted: 05/12/2013

Standing as Iraq War veterans, Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have an in-depth perspective on life in the U.S. Military.

After seeing this week's Pentagon report on military sexual assault cases, both women stood as elected officials, calling for change to a system they see as broken.

Appearing on CNN's "State Of The Union", both Duckworth and Gabbard blasted the military's handling of the situation.

“I want the military to be a place where women can succeed and thrive the way I was able to," Duckworth said. "And the military leadership at this point has shown that they have not been capable of fixing this problem."

Gabbard echoed Duckworth's sentiments, calling for an independent outlet that allows victims a "check and balance" to address cases safely.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rachel Maddow takes on veterans being mistreated and used

From charities ripping off veterans, to the backlog of claims, Rachel Maddow proved that the idea of liberals not caring about our troops is nothing more than a crock of,,,,well, spin.

Watch this and know how many have been lying about what is really going on.

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Allied Veterans of the World charity based in Florida closed down after being charged with ripping off veterans. This group is tied to politicians, including the Lt. Governor. They donated about $6 million but took in $300 million. Sounds like some other groups down here not doing what they claim they are doing with all the money donated to them. It also looks as if the politicians have decided to clear the funds donated to them and give those bucks over to veterans.

Fake Navy veterans group got caught rubbing elbows with elected officials all the way up to President Bush. Scott Walker tied to bad decision for the guy he handed off his charity to and ended up in jail. The list goes on.

Rachel talked to Tammy Duckworth about the VA and then went on to talk about the educational grants for fallen servicemen and women families.

If you want your blood to boil, watch this video.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Veterans heading to Congress include Vietnam Veteran

9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress
Associated Press
WASHINGTON November 23, 2012 (AP)

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.

Months of agonizing therapy lay ahead. As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence.

Soon, she was pleading their cases to federal lawmakers, including her state's two U.S. senators at the time — Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama arranged for her to testify at congressional hearings. Durbin encouraged her to run for office.

She lost her first election, but six years later gave it another try and now is one of nine veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who will serve in next year's freshman class in the of House of Representatives.

Veterans' groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep and steady decline. In the mid-1970s, the vast majority of lawmakers tended to be veterans.

For example, the 95th Congress, which served in 1977-78, had more than 400 veterans among its 535 members, according to the American Legion. The number of veterans next year in Congress will come to just more than 100. Most served during the Vietnam War era. In all, 16 served in Iraq or Afghanistan, not all in a combat role.
-Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who served near Baghdad for a year and was a medical operations specialist. Gabbard said she hopes the two of them can be a voice for female veterans and the unique challenges they face.

—Ron DeSantis of Florida was a judge advocate officer in the Navy who deployed to Iraq as a legal adviser during the 2007 troop surge.

—Brad Wenstrup of Ohio was as a combat surgeon in Iraq.

—Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan served in an administrative capacity with an artillery unit in Iraq and retired after suffering a neck injury. He also served as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam.

—Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was a combat pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan.

—Scott Perry of Pennsylvania commanded an aviation battalion in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.

—Doug Collins of Georgia was a chaplain in Iraq.

—Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Harvard Law School graduate, was an infantry platoon leader in Iraq and then was on a reconstruction team in Afghanistan. In between, he was a platoon leader at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Iraq Veteran Tammy Duckworth wins

Tea Party Darling Goes Down To Iraq War Veteran In Chicago
Bruce Japsen, Contributor

In one of the most bitter U.S. House races nationally, liberal Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth has defeated Tea Party darling and Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh.

The hotly contested race occurred in a newly drawn Democratic-leaning Congressional district northwest of Chicago that Walsh moved into to avoid battling another Republican.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Duckworth "For most of my adult life I wore camouflage"

Tammy Duckworth had an answer for Joe Walsh during their last debate after he complained she was out buying a dress for the convention. She said "For most of my adult life I wore camouflage."

8th Congressional District candidates Republican Joe Walsh and Democrat Tammy Duckworth debated at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night.

About Tammy
In 2003, Tammy Duckworth was working on a project for Rotary International to provide wheelchairs for the disabled in developing countries including Iraq. As a Captain in the National Guard, she was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom and deployed in 2004.

As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, she was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq until November 12th, 2004 when her helicopter was hit by an RPG. Tammy lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in the explosion, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

During her recovery at Walter Reed, Tammy was one of the highest-ranking amputees and became an advocate for her fellow soldiers. Her leadership was recognized when she was asked to testify before Congress and recruited to run for the House of Representatives. After losing a close race, Tammy continued to serve as a Major in the National Guard and became Director of Illinois' Department of Veterans' Affairs. There, she implemented many first in the nation programs to address Post Traumatic Stress, improve traumatic brain injury screening and reduce homelessness among Vets.

In 2009, Tammy was tapped by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs where she sought to improve the standard of care for Vets. She oversaw VA's effort to end Veteran homelessness and lead initiatives for female Vets and increased accessibility and accountability with the new Office of Online Communications.

Military service is a Duckworth tradition - a family member has served during every period of conflict since the Revolution. Tammy followed suit by joining the Reserves in graduate school and chose to fly helicopters because it was one of the few combat jobs open to women.

Tammy is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She and her husband Bryan, an Army Major, live in Hoffman Estates where their home was rebuilt for wheelchair access in 2005 by her fellow Soldiers and friends. Despite her injuries, she declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tammy Duckworth talks about how pulling together saved her life

Duckworth touts Obama record at DNC convention

Charlotte, NC, USA
By Rick Pearson
Tribune reporter
September 4, 2012
Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / September 4, 2012)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday night used her brief time on the Democratic National Convention to tout home-state President Barack Obama rather than her own political future.

For Duckworth, who is running in a northwest suburban district against tea party-backed freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, it was the second appearance on the national stage in two consecutive conventions. The story of her rescue after the Blackhawk assault helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004 provided the theme for her speech.

“In that moment, my survival — and the survival of my entire crew — depended on all of us pulling together. And even though they were wounded themselves, and insurgents were nearby, they simply refused to leave a fallen comrade behind. Their heroism is why I’m alive today,” said Duckworth, who lost both legs and partial use of her right arm in the attack.

“Ultimately that is what this election is about,” said Duckworth, who drew chants of “USA! USA!” “It’s about whether we do for our fellow Americans what my crew did for me, whether we’ll look out for the hardest hit and the disabled, whether we’ll pull together in a time of need, whether we’ll refuse to give up until the job is done.”
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Joe Walsh faces campaign backlash over comments on double-amputee rival

Rep. Walsh faces campaign backlash over comments on double-amputee rival
Published July 06, 2012

Republican Rep. Joe Walsh is facing a campaign trail backlash after he was caught on camera last weekend accusing his double-amputee opponent of talking too much about her military record.

The Illinois congressman, who is running against Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, has defended his remarks and reiterated that he still thinks his Democratic opponent is a "hero."

But Duckworth has used the gaffe to hammer the incumbent congressman almost daily this past week, even prompting one veterans group to call for Walsh's resignation.

While Walsh says Duckworth is manufacturing outrage, that hasn't stopped the decorated Democratic candidate from turning his remarks into a centerpiece campaign issue.

Duckworth earlier this week called Walsh's comments "irresponsible" and "insulting" to servicemembers.

Atop her campaign website is an online petition seeking support over the comments.

"It's time we teach Joe Walsh a lesson about true heroism," the petition says.
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also Tammy Duckworth lost legs in service to country, Rep. Joe Walsh lost his mind

Duckworth defends military talk on the campaign trail
Posted by
CNN's Ashley Killough

(CNN) – Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double-amputee, fired back at opponent Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois after he criticized her for talking too much about her military service.

"It's very irresponsible for Mr. Walsh, as a sitting congressman, to try to muzzle war veterans and keep them from talking about their service," Duckworth said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tammy Duckworth lost legs in service to country, Rep. Joe Walsh lost his mind

UPDATE Vote Vets wants Walsh to resign!
In fact, McCain released the book “Faith of My Fathers” focused on his military service and imprisonment in North Vietnamese POW camps while he was beginning his unsuccessful bid for the 2000 presidential nomination.

The veterans group Vote Vets is calling on Walsh to resign over his comments.

Tammy Duckworth lost legs in service to country, Rep. Joe Walsh lost his mind!
by Chaplain Kathie
OK this is about as bad as it gets. Joe Walsh said that Tammy Duckworth should talk about her service, the fact she lost limbs or even the fact she turned around and fought hard for other combat wounded disabled veterans. Walsh said "true heroes" don't talk about it.?

Rep. Joe Walsh criticizes Tammy Duckworth's military service

Maybe Walsh should tell that to Medal Of Honor Hero Sammy Davis. He says veterans need to talk about it.

It is fine to complain about someone's politics when running for re-election. It is fine to complain about other things you just don't agree with but when you stoop so low as to say that a veteran is not a true hero because she talks about it, just goes to show this man does not honor the service of the men and women risking their lives where people like him sent them.

The men and women serving this nation after 9-11 in combat was less than 1% of the population and even less were wounded but we can't take care of them? We can't because people like Walsh don't value their service.

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Jul 3, 2012
Rep. Joe Walsh Says Iraq War Vet Opponent Talks Too Much to Be ‘True’ Hero
By Amy Bingham
ABC News

Rep. Joe Walsh’s Facebook page is flooded with negative comments today after the Illinois Republican said his opponent, Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, was not a “true” hero because she often makes reference to her military service on the campaign trail.

Duckworth lost both her legs after an RPG attack in Iraq brought down the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting in 2004. Walsh never mentions his own military service on the campaign stump. He never had any.

“My God, that’s all she talks about,” Walsh said of Duckworth’s military career in a video recorded at Walsh’s town hall speech Sunday and posted by Think Progress. “Our true heroes, the men and women who served us, my God, that’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we are so indebted and in awe of what they have done.”
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When I started this blog almost five years ago I said that politics would not come into it unless a politician did something for or against veterans. Well this one really tops all the "against" veterans I've ever heard!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tammy Duckworth resigns from VA and may run again for congress

Tammy Duckworth resigns from VA, may run for Congress
lynn sweet June 14, 2011
WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth submitted her resignation, the VA confirmed for me on Monday.

One of her options will be to return to the Chicago suburbs to run for a House seat from the new 8th Congressional District and I bet she does.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told the Chicago Sun-Times in a statement, “Assistant Secretary Duckworth has submitted her resignation. She has served the Department of Veterans Affairs with distinction. Her unwavering dedication to veterans and their families has strengthened VA’s ability to perform our mission — providing veterans the health care and benefits they have earned.

“Tammy Duckworth uniquely understands the needs of today’s veterans and their families, and her commitment to serving veterans and increasing VA’s outreach has helped the department serve more veterans and serve them well. We will miss her advocacy and leadership, but wish her the very best in the years to come.”

In 2006, Duckworth, 43, ran for the House in the present 6th Congressional District. She lost to Rep. Peter Roskam in a close race.
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Tammy Duckworth resigns from VA

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Duckworth Joins U.S. Postal Service for Purple Heart Stamp Ceremony

Assistant Secretary Duckworth Joins

U.S. Postal Service for Purple Heart Stamp Ceremony

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2009)- Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs
(VA) Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, L.
Tammy Duckworth, spoke at a U.S. Postal Service ceremony announcing the
reissue of the Purple Heart stamp. Hundreds of people attended the
morning event at the Washington Convention Center.

"This stamp is a tribute to our nation's wounded Veterans and a reminder
of our society's commitment to care for them when the war is over,"
Assistant Secretary L. Tammy Duckworth said. "Many people who are
severely wounded have their initial fears of a life destroyed replaced
by the understanding that they can do just about anything."

This is the fifth issue of the Purple Heart definitive postage stamp.
The Purple Heart stamp was first issued on May 20, 2003, at Mount
Vernon, Va. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of
the United States to members of the U.S. Military who have been wounded
in combat or to the next of kin of those killed in action.

Assistant Secretary L. Tammy Duckworth is a recipient of the Purple
Heart for wounds she sustained while serving in Iraq with the United
States Army. In 2004, her aircraft was ambushed and a rocket-propelled
grenade struck the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting during a
mission north of Bagdad.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Assistant Secretary Duckworth Honored at Women to Watch Awards

VA news release,

Assistant Secretary Duckworth Honored at Women to Watch Awards

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2009) - Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs
Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, L. Tammy
Duckworth, was honored by Running Start at their annual Women to Watch
Awards in Washington, DC. She spoke to a crowd of 300 young women at a
ceremony at the National Press Club.

"We make our Nation stronger by supporting the 200,000 women currently
serving in the armed forces and the approximately 1.7 million women
Veterans in our country that need our help," Assistant Secretary L.
Tammy Duckworth said. "It's time to stop being surprised that America's
daughters are fully capable of doing their jobs and fighting for our
freedoms. I recognize that I am here today because I stand on the
shoulders of the men and women who opened the doors for women to serve."

Running Start is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young
women to run for political office. It offers high school and college
women the unique opportunity to hear from today's leaders. By educating
young women about the importance of politics and giving them the skills
they need to become leaders, they give them the running start they need
to reach their aspirations.

Assistant Secretary Duckworth was introduced by State Representative
Linda Chapa LaVia from the state of Illinois. She was recognized as a
"Woman to Watch" by Running Start along with Erin Issabelle Burnett,
CNBC Television Anchor; Betsy Fischer, Executive Producer of Meet the
Press; Julie Gilbert, Founder and CEO of Wolf Means Business; and Mona
Sutphen, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Obama Administration.

Friday, May 1, 2009

White House Kicks off Wounded Warrior Ride

WH Kicks off Wounded Warrior Ride
May 01, 2009
Military.comby Bryant Jordan

They numbered 40. Some walked from the White House on legs of alloy and cable, some rolled out in wheel chairs. Some bore wounds unidentifiable by any prosthesis, chair, cane or crutch.

But all had inside them the steel that served themselves and their fellow troops so well on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, and which propelled them to take part in an annual Soldier Ride sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. The event, dubbed the "White House to the Lighthouse" ride because it runs from Washington and Annapolis, raises funds for Wounded Warriors programs.

"These wounded warriors didn't get to choose the direction their lives would take the instant they were injured, but now they choose to prove that life after injury isn't about what you can't do -- it's about what you can," President Barack Obama said. "They choose to keep their faith with the future. They choose to keep fighting for their brothers and sisters and show them that they're not alone.

As of posting time the White House was unable to furnish with complete names, service branches or unit affiliations of the participants.

The ride is now in its fifth year, and this year's marks the third between Washington and Annapolis.

Obama was accompanied at the podium by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth. Shinseki, who was Army chief of staff until he retired, had been wounded in Vietnam. Duckworth, who was confirmed to her post only recently, was a helicopter pilot who lost both her legs when she was shot down in Iraq.
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WH Kicks off Wounded Warrior Ride

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tammy Duckworth confirmed for veterans post finally!

Duckworth confirmed for veterans post

The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Apr 23, 2009 8:38:33 EDT

CHICAGO — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed former Iraq war helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth's nomination as an assistant secretary at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Duckworth will direct the Office of Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Communications. Among other things, the Illinois National Guard major will oversee VA's public affairs operations, as well as programs for homeless veterans.

"President Obama and America's veterans now have Tammy Duckworth as their advocate and champion," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a statement. "I know Tammy will bring the same level of commitment to the VA that she has shown in fighting for her country and representing Illinois veterans."
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Duckworth confirmed for veterans post

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Duckworth's VA nomination submitted to US Senate, finally!

Duckworth's VA nomination submitted to US Senate
March 16, 2009 8:02 PM
President Barack Obama announced today he has submitted Tammy Duckworth's nomination for a Veterans Affairs post to the U.S. Senate.

Duckworth has served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs since 2006.

As assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs at the VA, her duties would include directing the department's public affairs operations, as well as programs for homeless veterans.

Duckworth was a major in the Illinois National Guard and served as a helicopter pilot in Iraq. She lost both legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.

She made an unsuccessful bid as a Democratic candidate for Congress in 2006.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Why is Tammy Duckworth Still Waiting For Job To Help Veterans?

While President Obama has his hands full of problems this nation faces, the veterans have waited far too long to be provided with the care they earned. Yesterday I posted how tens of thousands of claims were not even opened. We've read stories of claims being shredded in the past, of willful misdiagnosis of PTSD claims, of 800,000 backlogged claims and over 300,000 claims on appeal still waiting. While it seems the veterans are very important to President Obama, just as they were when he wanted to be on the committee to take care of them, they are still waiting. With someone like Tammy Duckworth, someone President Obama knows will do a fine job, has already given up her job in Illinois, she is waiting to get to work to help our veterans. It's time her nomination was sent to Congress and get this wonderful woman to work for the veterans sake!

Tammy Duckworth's D.C. post still on hold

By Dan Carden Daily Herald StaffContact writer

SPRINGFIELD - One month ago, Tammy Duckworth looked to be on the fast track to an important job in President Barack Obama's new administration.

The Hoffman Estates resident quit her job as head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs on Feb. 6 and prepared to become the face of the federal VA as the assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs.

One month later, that fast track to Washington, D.C., isn't moving so fast.

It turns out Obama did not actually nominate Duckworth on Feb. 3, but only indicated his intent to nominate the Iraq war veteran. The White House has still not sent Duckworth's nomination to the U.S. Senate.

"We're still waiting for the nomination," said Kawika Riley, press secretary for the Senate's veterans affairs committee. "When the paper comes we'll be very happy."

A White House spokeswoman told the Daily Herald Tuesday there is no specific reason for the delay in formally nominating Duckworth. Of the thousands of government positions appointed by the White House and needing Senate confirmation, only 42 have been sent up to Capitol Hill. Four of those nominees withdrew following problematic background checks.

Long delays filling positions at the start of new administrations are not unusual, agreed VA spokeswoman Jo Schuda.

"We don't even have names of people for most of the other positions," Schuda said. "The naming of her was pretty swift."

Attempts to reach Duckworth on Monday and Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Should the nomination ever come, Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel K. Akaka, a Hawaii Democrat, already signaled his support for Duckworth, calling her a "fine choice" and "a source of inspiration for the newest generation of veterans." Duckworth's nomination must be approved by the Veterans Affairs Committee and the full Senate before she can take her post.

In February, VA head Eric K. Shinseki said Duckworth would bring "significant talent, leadership and personal experience to this important work."
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tammy Duckworth Tapped for VA Assistant Secretary

This will make a lot of people as happy as I am.

Recent VA News Releases

Duckworth Tapped for VA Assistant Secretary

WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2009) - President Barack Obama has announced his
intent to nominate L. Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois
Department of Veterans Affairs, to be the Assistant Secretary of Public
and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs

"Effective communications with Veterans and VA's stakeholders is key to
improving our services and ensuring Veterans receive the benefits they
deserve," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "Tammy
Duckworth brings significant talent, leadership and personal experience
to this important work."

As assistant secretary, Duckworth will direct VA's public affairs,
internal communications and intergovernmental relations. She also will
oversee programs for homeless Veterans, consumer affairs and special
rehabilitative events.

Duckworth was appointed director of the state Veterans office in
Illinois in 2006. In previous testimony before Congress, she expressed
her commitment to Veterans and the need for transformation of the
Department. "The VA system faces new challenges as a result of the wars
in Iraq and Afghanistan." She also noted "the patient profile is
changing. More wounded soldiers are surviving very serious injuries."

She is serving as a major in the Illinois National Guard and was
previously deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom where, as a captain, she
was assistant operations officer for a 500-soldier aviation task force.
She also served as a logistics officer and company commander. As a
helicopter pilot flying combat missions in 2004, she suffered grave
injuries when her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade,
losing both legs and partial use of one arm.

Her previous managerial experience includes coordinating the Center for
Nursing Research at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and working
for Rotary International's Asia-Pacific region from 2002 to 2004.

Duckworth earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii and a
master's degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Born in Thailand, she is the daughter of a U.S. Marine who fought in
Vietnam. She is married to Iraq war Veteran and National Guard officer,
Major Bryan Bowlsbey.