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So Tammy Duckworth thank you really appreciate -- you bet you captain of the National Guard wounded in Iraq and he's gonna give a speech and it.
This Tammy Duckworth.
I'm writing -- -- Illinois's eighth congressional district.
Served in the army and the Marine Corps -- wrong.
-- Vietnam vet his family has worn our nation's uniform since the American revolution.
My -- then there's an army officer.
And my brother.
Saved lives in the Coast Guard.
My mom this Thai and Chinese.
And she proudly became a citizen in her fifties.
-- -- Dad's work -- guys all over the world until he lost his job.
It was a tough time.
We used up our savings.
Moved into -- studio apartment.
But our family did the responsible thing and we rode up our sleeves.
Mom to begin selling.
-- 55 hero dad kept looking for work.
But -- fifteen year or so ago I was the only one with the job after school for minimum wage.
Thank god for the food stamps public education.
And programs that help me finish high school.
We moved through.
With this start.
I was able to earn my own commission -- as an army officer.
And I became an assault helicopter pilot.
Working my way up to command a Blackhawk helicopter company.
-- National Guard unit was mobilized.
And I became one of the first army women to fly combat missions in Iraq.
Almost a year into my tour I was wounded.
And recovered at Walter Reed with other wounded warriors.
Some of us had hit an obvious injuries.
Others have scars on the inside.
That were less visible but no less real.
At the -- they don't I realize my new responsibility.
To honored -- buddies who saved me by serving our military men and women.
And I became the director -- the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
The nation and screening for traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress.
And we created a tax credit -- Illinois businesses that hire veterans.
President Obama asked me to help keep our sacred trust with veterans -- all arrows at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
We worked to end the outrage.
Of veterans having to sleep on those same streets they once defended.
We improved service says for a female veterans.
And I reached out to young bats by creating the office of online communications.
Barack Obama has also lived up to -- responsibilities.
As commander in chief.
Ending the war in Iraq refocusing.
Terrorism leaders including bin Laden.
Pushed for fairness in the military.
Listening to commanders as we ended Don't Ask Don't Tell.
-- -- -- And -- I'll still allow women.
To officially serve in more combat jobs.
Don't you think.
Don't you think it's time that we stopped being surprised.
That America's daughters are -- capable of doing their jobs and defending liberty as her son's.
In harm's way.
We have a clear choice on November 6.
Last week Mitt Romney had a chance to show his support for the brave men and women he's seeking to command.
But he -- to criticize President Obama instead of evening uttering the word Afghanistan.
Barack Obama will never ignore -- troops he will fight for it down that's why he is my choice on November 6.
What my family did when times are hard.
Roll up our sleeves and get to work my choice is to do it my crew did for me in a dusty feud in Iraq.
On November 12 2004.
I was co pilot in my black hawk north of Baghdad.
When we started taking enemy fire.
A rocket propelled grenade hit a helicopter.
Exploding in my lap.
Ripping off one leg.
Crushing the other and tearing my right arm apart.
But I kept trying to fly until I passed out and Matt moment.
And the survival of my entire true dependant on all of us pulling together.
And even though they work wounded themselves.
And insurgents were nearby.
They simply refused to leave.
They've fallen comrade behind.
Their heroism is why I'm alive today.
-- Create jobs.
Here at home.
That well and come out compete countries around the world.
But it's also about something -- It's about whether we do for our fellow Americans what my crew did for me what it -- look out for the hardest hit and the disabled.
Where they will put together in a time of need.
Whether -- refused to give up until the job is done.
So let's finish what we started.
Let's keep moving forward with Barack Obama let's do what this country has always done.
Look adversity in BI and work together to -- comment.
God bless some military men and women who are in harm's way day day god bless their families and always god bless the United States of America.
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