by Logan Keziah
Tammy Duckworth’s election in 2012 was a victory for all disabled veterans. Not only did they get a representative in congress who would fight for them to get the benefits they deserve, but one who actually understands where they are coming from. Today, I got an email from, Upworthy, with an amazing video of Congresswoman Duckworth this past Wednesday giving IRS contractor, Braulio Castillo, a piece of her mind. Castillo never actually served in the military, but he had injured his ankle playing football in prep school and uses it to get preferred treatment in government contracts.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is the representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and she is the first member of Congress born in Thailand. She lost both of her legs in combat and severely injured one of her arms.
My father is a retired US Navy sailor on disability, and on behalf of him, and every other individual who sacrificed and continues to sacrifice for the safety and security of all Americans, thank you Representative Duckworth for standing up for disabled veterans, in this instance, and in all others.