aside My Choice To Be The Next US President In 2020 Is Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Image result for photos of tammy duckworthThe list of reasons to vote for Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to be the next US President is endless, but let’s start with the basics. First and foremost she is a woman, and yes, I would like this glass ceiling to be broken in my life time. Second, she is a minority of Asian decent and third, she is a disabled VET/ hero who had been stationed in Iraq.

But finally, she is also imminently qualified with her work history of being the first Asian-American congresswoman for the State of Illinois and then, the first disabled female veteran to take a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013-2017. As of 2016, she has become a U.S. Senator by winning an election against an incumbent Mark Kirk.
Senator Tammy Duckworth is my definition of a hero who presents herself very well while representing what is truly so great about the USA. She would really do us proud.
Image result for photos of tammy duckworthBACKGROUND CLIFF NOTES (Biography.com)
“Tammy Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand. She was deployed to serve in the Iraq War in 2004 and lost both of her legs when her helicopter was struck.”
“In 2006 she became director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Duckworth as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.””In 2012 she was elected to Congress, representing Illinois’ 8th District. Four years later, she won the battle for U.S. Senator defeating incumbent republican Mark S. Kirk.”Image result for photos of tammy duckworthEarly Life

“Ladda Tammy Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand, to a mother of Chinese heritage and a father of British descent. Because her father did refugee work for the United Nations, Duckworth’s childhood took place against varied backdrops—spanning Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Hawaii.””Duckworth—along with her mother, Lamai, and her father, Franklin—moved to Hawaii as a teenager. After high school, Duckworth earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii. Afterward, she obtained her Master of Arts in international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In pursuit of yet more higher education, Duckworth then relocated to Illinois, where she enrolled in a political science Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University.”Image result for photos of tammy duckworthService In Iraq

“While attending NIU, Duckworth enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with the Illinois Army National Guard. Trained as a Blackhawk pilot, in 2004 Duckworth left NIU when she was deployed to Iraq. In Iraq, Duckworth flew Operation Iraqi Freedom combat missions until her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in the autumn of 2004. The explosion took both of Duckworth’s legs and robbed her of full function in her right arm. Still believing in the worthiness of her mission amid questions of whether she felt her sacrifice was for naught, Duckworth responded, “I was hurt in service for my country. I was proud to go. It was my duty as a soldier to go. And I would go tomorrow.” She did, however, express frustration that U.S. policy makers were failing to match the sacrifices of American soldiers.”
“Following her injuries, Duckworth was promoted to major and awarded the Purple Heart. During her year’s recovery time at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she became an activist, advocating for better medical care for wounded veterans and their families. Duckworth presented her impassioned views to Congress, testifying on two separate occasions.”Image result for photos of tammy duckworthLeader of Veterans’ Affairs
“Tammy Duckworth’s activism led her to pursue a political career after her recovery. In 2006 she ran for Congress but lost by a narrow margin. Instead, she took an appointment as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In this role she worked toward developing an incentive program that would give employers a tax credit for hiring war veterans. She also initiated programs that would provide veterans and their families with better mental support, health care and housing resources.””After President Barack Obama was elected, he chose Duckworth as his assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In her new role, Duckworth focused largely on putting a stop to the cycle of homeless veterans. She also developed resources especially tailored to the unique needs of female veterans.”Image result for photos of tammy duckworthJoining Congress

In 2012, Duckworth took a second shot at a seat in Congress, as a Democrat representing Illinois, and won. Her victory was twofold: Not only did Duckworth now have the platform to advance her political agenda, but she also became a living example for fellow female veterans, as the first disabled woman ever to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in the House of Representatives, Duckworth worked in a number of committees including the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as well as the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. In 2013, during a House hearing, she made headlines when she took Virginia CEO Braulio Castillo to task for fraudulently representing himself as a disabled military vet and receiving millions of dollars in federal contracts. “Shame on you. You may not have broken any laws … (but) you broke the trust of veterans.” Duckworth added: “Twisting your ankle in prep school is not defending or serving this nation.”In 2016, she successfully ran for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Mark Kirk.

Image result for photos of tammy duckworthPersonal Life

“Prior to her injuries, Duckworth married Major Bryan Bowlsbey of the Illinois Army National Guard. She recently resumed pursuing her doctorate at Northern Illinois University. Now a lieutenant colonel, as of 2013 she was still conducting drills for the Illinois Army National Guard.”

11 comments

  1. She would be a very credible candidate. And, she would be listened to. I would love to see her debate President (Trump or Pence) in 2020.

    • Dear Keith,

      She is the antithesis and antidote to the likes of a Trump/ Pence presidential administration. She connects well with peoples including the average Joe worker. And she talks like a real person vs. the typical politician. It could be said that DDT was the perfect assist to make her a very desirable candidate.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Thanks for this recommendation! She’s a Democrat and a woman…two qualities that put her at the top of my list. It will be interesting to follow her and discover what else she stands for and champions.

    • Dear Gradmama2011,

      She is an outstanding person which makes her a great public servant. She knows her subject matter on multiple subjects which after DDT, is a plus.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Hi Gronda, I am absolutely impressed and inspired, wish I could vote!. I imagine her world view and experience would bring humanity and sanity back into the white house. Currently I am reading Barak Obamas second book, what an outstanding person he is. I am reminded there are many great people in America and my cynicism fades to quietly watch the good and great overcome the current problems/issues.
    Big hugs mate.

    • Dear Steele646,

      There are a lot of great folks in the USA BUT THEY are just not part of the current White House with the exception of the military generals.

      We here miss President Barack Obama.

      Hugs back mate, Gronda

    • Dear Suzanne,

      She is an example of what someone with integrity and courage looks like. The republican legislative sycophants catering to DDT look like weenies in comparison.

      Hugs, Gronda

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