From The Miltary To Disability And Then To US Senator – The Inspiring Story Of Tammy Duckworth

Such are the calibre of people who deserve a seat in government. Not for sheer pity but giving honor to whom it is due. Tammy Duckworth’s story is nothing less than inspiring.

Tammy Duckworth served in the U.S military. She lost both her legs during the war in Iraq. How else does one show their passion and patriotism for one’s home country? Today she is a senator of the United States.

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Tammy Duckworth

Tammy is the daughter of an American dad and a Thai mother. She says her dad and family have served in the US military as well. In 2004, Tammy Duckworth was deployed in Iraq as part of the National Guard.

The amazon is reported to be one of the first women to fly combat missions during the Iraqi war. Her helicopter was hit by a rocket and it exploded, damaging her legs and affected her right arm. The US government awarded her a purple heart.

Tammy spent a year in medical care and rehabilitation.


As a person with disability, Tammy was discriminated and even mocked. It is most frustrating to fathom that the so called disability was as a result of her courage in fighting for her country.

Undaunted by the negative things people either did or said to her, she first made the bid to run for a senatorial seat in 2006. Without succeeding she kept on till she was elected into the congress in 2012.


In 2009, the 48-year old, who had taken up advocacy for wounded soldiers and veteran affairs, ran her home state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Winning the senatorial seat made Tammy the first Asian American Senator from Illinois. Barack Obama used to be in that position years ago before his presidency status.

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Parts of her victory speech in Chicago reads thus:

“I’m here tonight because of the miracles that occurred twelve years ago this Saturday, above – and in – a dusty field in Iraq.”

“Just as I try every day to live up to the sacrifice my buddies made to carry me off that battlefield, I will go to work in the Senate looking to honor the sacrifice and quiet dignity of all those Illinoisans who are facing challenges of their own. I believe in an America that doesn’t give up on anyone who hasn’t given up on themselves.”


While Hillary Clinton did not succeed in making the first major feminine victory of all times in America, it is quite interesting to know that women like Tammy and Somalia’s Ilhan Omar (both from the minorities) have broken bounds in American politics.