Obama Says Yes Duckworth Can

President submits name for VA post to U.S. Senate

President Barack Obama has submitted Tammy Duckworth's nomination for a Veterans Affairs post to the U.S. Senate.

Obama announced the submission Monday. Duckworth has served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs since 2006.

As assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs at the VA, her duties would include directing the department's public affairs operations, as well as programs for homeless veterans.

Duckworth was a major in the Illinois National Guard and served as a helicopter pilot in Iraq. She lost both legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.

She made an unsuccessful bid as a Democratic candidate for Congress in 2006.

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