"I'm not letting some guy who got lucky one day in Baghdad decide my future." - Major Tammy Duckworth, KATU 2 (Portland, OR)
One of the most popular requests for follow-ups or an email address has been Major Tammy Duckworth. Major Duckworth is an Illinois Army National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both of her legs to an RPG in Baghdad. Her recovery and attitude is nothing less than miraculous and courageous.
Recently, there's been a lot of buzz about her running for Congress as a Democrat in Henry Hyde's (R) district here in the suburbs Chicago. Congressman Hyde is retiring.
I have received more than a few emails expressing concern about Major Duckworth being a Democrat. Personally, I don't know her political leanings, but the Democrats need people like Duckworth perhaps more than the Republicans do. And I'm sure Major Duckworth would be a fine Congresswoman. She's a leader and has always been a very caring citizen in uniform and out - she'll be a leader in Congress, if that's what she wants to do.
Al sends the follow up article on Major Tammy Duckworth about her recovery and outlook on life.
Posted Sunday, November 27, 2005
WASHINGTON — On the morning of Nov. 12, Army Maj. Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth lies half-awake in her bed. An IV pumps antibiotics into her right arm.
Before the treatment is finished, a ringing telephone ends any chance of falling back to sleep. Fellow Black Hawk pilot Dan Milberg is on the line, his first words a reminder of the life-altering moment they shared 12 months earlier.
“It’s almost 4:30 in Iraq,” Milberg says, skipping the normal pleasantries. “In five minutes you’re going to be shot down.”
Duckworth, a 37-year-old member of the Illinois National Guard, looks at the clock and realizes it’s true. At this moment exactly one year ago, a rocket-propelled grenade ripped through their helicopter and forever changed their lives.
The insurgent attack took both of the Hoffman Estates woman’s legs and shattered her right arm. She lost nearly half her blood, but miraculously survived. Milberg was among those who saved her and who sustain her still. There are many others, and on this, the anniversary of her trauma, she thinks of them...
Be sure to read the whole article.