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Spotted: Duckworth Formally Sworn In

By Ed O'Keefe

VA Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth was sworn in Wednesday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Photo by VA Dept.)

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.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 20, 2009; 5:03 PM ET
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As a Vietnam veteran I salute Ms. Duckworth who overcame the injuries she suffered while on duty in Irag. I am very confident she will perform with integrity and in the best interest of veterans from ALL eras not just Post 9/11 military service. We must not forget the sacrifice of veterans who served this nation. Ms. Duckworth is evidence of that willingness to serve both in civilian and military service.

Donn Nemchick
Pittsburgh, PA.

Posted by: donnem1968 | May 21, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Ms.Duckworths appointment is a great step in the raising the level of care and guidance for veterans in their time of need. I thank
her for service in the past and her devotion to her country and our brave veterans today.

Posted by: lengyson1 | May 21, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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