Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Obama Picks Duckworth To Be VA Asst. Secretary

This is a great pick by President Obama.

President Obama picked Tammy Duckworth to be the Assistant Secretary of the Veteran's Administration.

Tammy Duckworth, who is currently the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and a veteran of the Iraq War will be the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As assistant secretary, Duckworth will direct VA's public affairs, internal communications and intergovernmental relations. She also will oversee programs for homeless Veterans, consumer affairs and special rehabilitative events.

She is serving as a major in the Illinois National Guard and was previously deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom where, as a captain, she was assistant operations officer for a 500-soldier aviation task force. She also served as a logistics officer and company commander. As a helicopter pilot flying combat missions in 2004, she suffered grave injuries when her helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, losing both legs and partial use of one arm.

Her previous managerial experience includes coordinating the Center for Nursing Research at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and working for Rotary International's Asia-Pacific region from 2002 to 2004.

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