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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.

Entries by Tammy Duckworth

The ADA at 25: A Commitment to Our Neighbors

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 1:11 PM

In 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, I had not yet made my decision to begin ROTC and a career of military service. I had no idea that I would join the Army, become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom...

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State of the 8th Congressional District

(7) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 6:16 AM

Tonight, President Obama will give his State of the Union Address and lay out his vision for America. As your Representative, I think it is similarly important to present to you my priorities for Illinois' 8th Congressional District. After a month in Congress, I am still convinced that common sense...

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The Time is Now to End Discrimination Against Our Servicemembers

(41) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 10:45 PM

Voters in my district and across the country sent a strong message on Election Day: it is time to stop the War on Women. Voters said "no" to attempts by anti-choice politicians to interfere with a woman's right to make her own personal, private decisions about her reproductive health. They...

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We Are All in This Together

(140) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 2:48 PM

Mitt Romney says that 47 percent of Americans refuse to "take personal responsibility" for their own lives, consider themselves "victims," and are "dependent" on government. Included in this 47 percent are millions of elderly Americans who benefit from Social Security and Medicare, young Americans trying to finish college with the...

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Renewing the American Dream

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:53 PM

As a nation, we face incredible challenges right now. People are struggling to find jobs, pay their bills and make a better life for their children. When folks tell me about struggling to put food on the table, I understand because I've been there.

My dad, a Vietnam Veteran,...

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Preserving America's Safety Net

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 4:50 PM

I was on Martin Bashir's MSNBC show this week and one of the things we talked about was Newt Gingrich's effort to brand President Obama as the "food stamp president." I think it's just more proof that Gingrich is wildly out of touch. When I hear from people who are...

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On the End of the War in Iraq

(119) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 2:08 PM

I went to Iraq in 2004 because I believe in doing my duty, not because I agreed with the war.

I thought we never should have gone into Iraq in the first place. I wanted to go after Al-Qaeda and hunt down Osama Bin Laden for attacking our country.  We should have completed the...

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This Veterans Day, Safeguard Our Greatest National Treasure

(46) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 7:31 AM

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation's uniform and to honor their service. When the nation called and asked, "Who among you will step forward and defend the Constitution? Who will leave your families, your home in order to protect what...

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