Tammy Duckworth

Leo Hernandez & Rodolfo Vasquez

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March 12, 1968

1968-Present time

Childhood/Early Life

Tammy duckworth was born to a chinese mother and a father of british descent. But because her father worked in refugees in the United Nations they had to move through Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Hawaii. She has a younger brother, Tommy. In 1990, she joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. In 1992, she became a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve. She also completed her post-graduation with a Master of Arts in international affairs from the George Washington University. Being a member of the Army Reserve, she attended the flight school and later got transferred to the Army National Guard. In 1996, she entered the Illinois Army National Guard.


Her education was made up from University of Hawaii at Manoa, President William McKinley High School, Northern Illinois University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Capella University, and George Washington University. While in Illinois, she enrolled in a political science Ph.D. program at Northern Illinois University.When U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth was growing up, she knew she wanted to serve her country.


Tammy Duckworth is an Air Force Veteran Who Has Spent Her Career Serving Others Invited by Duckworth to State of the Union Address.
Now she manages as a full-time Ameri-Corps member following her 10-year career in the Armed Forces. In 2004, while pursuing a Ph.D at the Northern Illinois University, Tammy Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a combat pilot. During one of her flying combat missions, she lost her right leg near the hip and her left leg below the knee from injuries sustained when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents. She also helped advocate better medical care for wounded war veterans and their families while in treatment. Her activism motivated her to pursue a career in politics.

"Political party‎: Democratic"


  • She is the first disabled female veteran to take a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi.
  • She also received a Purple Heart on December 3 and was promoted to Major on December 21 at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she was presented with an Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal.


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"Tammy Duckworth Biography."
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