“I will not be lectured about what our military needs by a five-deferment draft dodger.” – Senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth
Now, there won’t be even a single person who hasn’t heard of Senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth after her remarks to Donald Trump. The famous American politician and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel have been serving as the Junior States Senator for Illinois since 2017.
The story of Senator Duckworth is far more than inspiring. She is the first Asian-American congresswoman from Illinois and also, the first member of Congress from Thai nationality. Her childhood was spent in many countries across Southeast Asia since her father worked for the UN. Once Senator Duckworth completed her graduation, she enrolled in military training and went on to become a successful combat pilot.
The year 2004 was no less than a nightmare for her. While she was deployed to serve in the Iraq War, she lost both her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the lower half of her body. Of course, the incident was something which left her drained, both physically and mentally but while recovering from the unfortunate event, she transformed into an activist.
Senator Duckworth became an advocate of better medical healthcare facilities for the veteran soldiers wounded in the war and their families. Initially, she worked as a staff supervisor at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. Her service towards the veteran war soldiers motivated her to further her career in politics.
Within no time, she was appointed as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs and handled the post till 2009. Senator Duckworth has been launching various campaigns and working for the betterment of veteran war soldiers.
Senator Duckworth is the first disabled female veteran to have been elected to the Senate. In October 2014, she retired from the army as a lieutenant colonel. Senator Duckworth is the receiver of Purple Heart and also honored with Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.