The story of Tammy Duckworth and the soldiers who saved her life

 
Daily Herald Staff Report
Updated 5/1/2015 3:42 PM
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  • This photo provided by Tammy Duckworth shows Duckworth, while serving with the Illinois Army National Guard, sitting in a helicopter during her tour of duty in Iraq.

    This photo provided by Tammy Duckworth shows Duckworth, while serving with the Illinois Army National Guard, sitting in a helicopter during her tour of duty in Iraq. Photo Courtesy Tammy Duckworth

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's 2004 deployment in Iraq has made her a national figure. A helicopter shot down, a long recovery at Walter Reed and a political career for the Hoffman Estates Democrat. Wednesday marks 10 years since a rocket-propelled grenade hit her Black Hawk helicopter, taking both her legs. Over several months, Political Editor Mike Riopell has talked to Duckworth and the soldiers who saved her life and remain among her closest friends and advisers today. Find stories, photos, video and more on Veterans Day at Dailyherald.com.

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