Spotted: Duckworth Formally Sworn In
She's been on the job since late April, but Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth returned to an important spot in her life today and made it official.
With boss Eric K. Shinseki in tow, Duckworth took the oath of office during a special ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The facility is not part of the VA system, but played an important role in her recovery from injuries suffered during the Iraq war in 2004.
"Walter Reed is where I first saw how effective the DoD-VA partnership in caring for our Veterans can be," she said. "My VA coordinator had an office at Walter Reed, and I saw her on a weekly basis even before I was discharged to VA care."
Duckworth served in Iraq as an Army helicopter pilot and lost both legs and partial use of one arm when her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. She spent 13 months recovering at Walter Reed.
The previous director of the Illinois state veterans office, Duckworth now leads VA's public affairs and intergovernmental efforts and programs for homeless Veterans and consumer affairs. She is currently working to enroll military veterans in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
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