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Tammy L. Duckworth -

U.S. Senator, Illinois

Tammy Duckworth served as the Assistant Secretary of VA Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Communications.  Illinois has implemented cutting edge programs for veterans, especially in the areas of health care, mental health, housing and employment.  With over $70 million in new initiatives for Illinois veterans over the last 2 years, the state has become a leader in benefits for its service members.

A Major in the Illinois Army National Guard, Duckworth served in Iraq and flew combat missions as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.  During a mission in 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter she was co-piloting and as a result of the attack, Duckworth lost both of her legs and partial use of one arm.  She received many decorations for her service in Iraq, including the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.



Military Families Express Heartfelt Appreciation

Fisher House is a Godsend. So many of us want to be with our family members but can’t always afford it with the cost of travel, lodging and food. Thanks to Fisher House we can!

What a blessing! The Fisher House has relieved me of so much stress. Don’t know what I would have done.

This is such a great opportunity for families of veterans affected by war and illness. It warms my heart to see the government, community, families and those who serve out nation working together for the greater good.

My grandmother and I stayed at the Fisher House to keep my father company during his long treatment/recovery… If not for this home, my father would have been a sad and lonely man.

…The Fisher House provides peace of mind for the patient as well as their family…the manager and staff are a true blessing…

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