Two Congresswomen, both Iraq War veterans, are increasing their national profiles and gaining more news coverage: Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) is currently campaigning in the Democratic primary in Illinois for the nomination to challenge current Senate Majority Leader Mark Kirk. In 2004, Duckworth served in the Iraq War as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. She was injured in a helicopter attack and lost both legs and partial use of her right arm; she was awarded a Purple Heart. Duckworth is currently a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) recently resigned as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee to endorse presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Gabbard served in the medical unit during her Iraq War service in 2005. She now serves in the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.
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- [Chicago Tribune] Chicago Tribune’s U.S. Senate endorsement: Tammy Duckworth for the Democrats: “On Capitol Hill, Duckworth — no surprise — has made military-related issues a focal point of her work. When she calls out the Defense Department for wasteful spending, she’s got credibility.” Read more
- [New York Times] Tammy Duckworth and Backers Denounce G.O.P. Tweet as Insensitive: “Ms. Duckworth has been mentioned several times as a potential candidate for the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs because of her work on the behalf of veterans” Read more
- [Washington Post] Tulsi Gabbard gave Bernie Sanders an endorsement. He gave her a platform on war and peace: “No one understands more how important peace is than those who’ve actually been there and experienced that high cost of war firsthand,” Gabbard said here. “During my first deployment to Iraq, I served in a medical unit where every single day that high human cost stared me back in the face.” Read more
- [New Yorker] Can Tulsi Gabbard Swing Hawaiian Voters to Sanders?: “Gabbard had been warned that her action would have political consequences, but, she told me on Sunday, “it was not a hard decision. . . . It was deeply personal to me, as a soldier and veteran.”” Read more
- [Huffington Post] These 11 Women Are Blazing New Trails In American Politics: “Duckworth, along with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), is one of the first female Iraq War veterans to serve in Congress, as well as the first Asian-American woman to represent Illinois. Duckworth lost both her legs in combat, and has championed the rights of individuals with disabilities throughout her time in Congress. “ Read more
- [U.S. House of Congress] Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth: “In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Black Hawk 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 and was awarded a Purple Heart.” Read more
- [U.S. House of Congress] About Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard: “Tulsi served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. Tulsi’s 2005 deployment was a 12-month tour at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.” Read more
- [The Atlantic] Hindus Are Thriving in America, but There’s Only One in Congress: “Gabbard isn’t, however, your typical Hindu—at least she’s not what is normally associated with being a Hindu. She’s a Hawaiian of Samoan descent, the daughter of a Roman Catholic and a Caucasian Hindu convert. She’s a light-skinned, surfing, Iraq War vet set to marry her boyfriend later this year in a traditional Vedic ceremony.” Read more
Photo: Screenshot from YouTube video Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Looking For Good Judgment In Next Commander-In-Chief