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Tammy Duckworth to be Obama Veterans Affairs assistant secretary

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By Chris Fusco and Lynn Sweet
Chicago Sun-Times


Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, chief of the Illinois Veterans Affairs Department, appears will be tapped Tuesday to be an assistant secretary in President Obama's Department of Veterans Affairs, a White House source told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday night.


Duckworth comes to the White House with backing from powerful political patrons: Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and senior White House adviser David Axelrod, who fostered her failed 2006 House bid.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Duckworth state veterans affairs chief in December 2006 after her high-profile congressional campaign. While serving in Iraq, Duckworth lost her legs and mangled her arm when a helicopter she was in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Duckworth has not been affected by Blagojevich's political problems and has emerged as one of his most widely praised cabinet members.

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Tammy Duckworth's guts and grit and accomplishments should continue to inspire everyone she serves. It's great the she's given this opportunity to further expand her horizons.

GREAT CHOICE!
SHE LEADS BY EXAMPLE!
A BORN LEADER!

yes!

who next? what about the peguin from that batman movie. has he got a job for him? lol.

I have feared the day that Illinois would lose Tammy. Illinois veterans have been spoiled by the watchful caring eye of L. Tammy Duckworth, soon all veterans, throughout this country can be assured that the Assistant Secretary at the United State Department of Veterans Affairs will make the same impact as she did in Illinois.

Congratulations to her and Bravo Zulu to President Obama.

I moved from Chicago to Colorado Springs 30 years ago but continue to support Illinois candidates and was honored to donate to Ms. Duckworth's campaign. I volunteered for Obama since the day he announced and took my grandchildren to his Chicago headquarters Sept. of '07. This 67 year old grandmother maxed out as a volunteer and donor. I look forward to personally contacting Tammy Re: very important V.A. concerns in El Paso County, Colorado. Congratulations Tammy!!!! It's about time.

A BIG SALUTE TO ALL VETERANS!
THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE SAFE!
WHEN YOU COME HOME YOU WILL ALWAYS BE TREATED
WITH KINDNESS, RESPECT AND MOST OF ALL DIGNITY!
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS A VERY RESPECTFUL
ONE TOWARD ALL MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN!
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!
TAMMY DUCKWORTH IS A CLASS-ACT!

I wish to write Mrs. Duckworth or e-mail her, with a question/problem. I have a son who is the son of a vet. I'm supposed to get child support for him. His father has made it in possible for me to recieve any support from him. I was hoping Mrs. Duckworth could help me my problem. I'm owed for my son 12 years back child support. Can some PLEASE help me.

Thankyou,
Sincerly
Kathy Woodson

Please share with me the name of an attorney who is qualified and willing to represent a 100% mentally disabled vietnam war veteran who has tried everything to settle (financial and property) with his ex-spouse and still is getting all prejudicial rulings from the court. We are exhausted. Sincerely, Ruthie Wrather

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