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Duckworth recalls Obama at Walter Reed

By Ed O'Keefe
President Obama made his first visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as commander in chief on Friday, but one administration official recalls seeing him there several times as a senator.

"He visited my hospital bed in the middle of the night as a junior senator," Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth recalled during a recent interview for a forthcoming profile.

Tammy Duckworth
VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth

Duckworth lost both of her legs five years ago next week after her Army Blackhawk helicopter was shot out of the skies over Baghdad. She recuperated at Walter Reed and joined VA in April as head of public affairs and intergovernmental affairs.

In her new role, Duckworth regularly quotes Obama's statement that, "American has a covenant to keep with her veterans," or a deep responsibility to ensure vets receive the benefits and services they need. She travels at least twice a week to meet with veterans groups or visit patients at VA hospitals, is partly responsible for leading an internal reorganization and regularly provides customer feedback as a high-profile recipient of VA benefits and services.

Duckworth admitted she cannot remember many details of her stay at Walter Reed, but said Obama visited her at least three times without staff in the evenings. He would ask about her recovery, asked questions about her unit still deployed in Iraq and if she had any other concerns about other veterans at the hospital.

"That's why I'm working in this administration, because when I was laying in a hospital bed, that senator came through and spent a lot of time talking to me about what VA soldiers needed, and listened to me about what younger soldiers needed," Duckworth said.

"They were very personal conversations and he did that not just for me but for anybody else who was there," she added. But Duckworth also met frequently with former senator Robert Dole (R-Kan.) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who later helped launch her ultimately unsuccessful bid for an Illinois congressional seat in 2006.

By Paul Volpe  |  November 6, 2009; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Cabinet , National Security  
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Congress's loss is the VA's gain.

Posted by: gwcox2 | November 7, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

ARCHBISHOP FREDERICK TEMPLE
1821-1902
There is a certain class of clergyman whose mendicity is only equalled by their mendicity.
'Remark at a meeting of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners quoted by Sir George Leveson Gower:' "Years of Endeavour," 1942

Posted by: edtroyhampton | November 7, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Excellent article on the causes of the Fort Hood shootings, from CBS News Early Show this morning:

http: //www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/11/07/earlyshow/saturday/main 5563817.shtml

Posted by: sallybond1 | November 7, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

it's nice to know this kind of things from people who actually witness Pres. Obama's concern and kindness. speaking of Pres. Obama,I found this site that covers stories about him and his administration : http://www.lipmantimes.com/

Posted by: fozzy13 | November 7, 2009 3:32 AM | Report abuse

It's good that the president visited injured troops. This will, without doubt, aid in the recovery process. It's good to see the usual bitter haters have finally ran out reasons to make pathetic statements in opposition to the president's endeavor.

Posted by: bcs2k | November 6, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Duckworth: Veterans are among unjustly targeted Americans being subject to heinous, covert, silent electromagnetic radiation weapons torture and physical harm. Please read this and ask POTUS to BAN the use of microwave and laser weapons on any human beings.

GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS OUSTED HONDURAS PREZ

• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...MILITARY, SECRET SERVICES, AND INTEL AGENCIES of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation camouflaged as cell towers, along with satellites and portable weaponry.

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Duckworth: Veterans are among unjustly targeted Americans being subject to heinous, covert, silent electromagnetic radiation weapons torture and physical harm. Please read this and ask POTUS to BAN the use of microwave and laser weapons on any human beings.

GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS OUSTED HONDURAS PREZ

• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...MILITARY, SECRET SERVICES, AND INTEL AGENCIES of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation camouflaged as cell towers, along with satellites and portable weaponry.

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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