Tammy Duckworth on Homeland Security



Support troops; root out waste in Defense Department

As a former Army officer, she understands the security challenges our nation must contend with and the risks our Armed Forces face. As a Senator, she is committed to ensuring American troops have the equipment and technology they need to keep our nation safe, and to supporting policies that improve their quality of life. She is also committed to rooting out waste within the Department of Defense and opposing harmful policies that discriminate against or dishonor our nation's warriors.
Source: 2021 IL Senate campaign website duckworth.senate.gov , Oct 11, 2021

2004: Lost both legs as helicopter pilot in Iraq

On a visit to Walter Reed Hospital, where many Iraq War Veterans were being treated for serious injuries during the fall of 2003, I will never forget how positive and upbeat these young men and women were, even though, they had received severe injuries. One of the more remarkable women there was Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both legs and full use of her right arm in 2004 when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the Black Hawk she was flying over the Tigris River. She was determined to get back into the pilot's seat and fly again. Instead, she ended up running for Congress in the western suburbs of Chicago--I am proud to say as a Democrat.
Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.384-385 , Jan 23, 2007

Endorsed by VoteVets.org; against wasteful defense spending.

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