But after watching this video, I am totally impressed with her courage and character.
This is the most effective, spot-on, and well-deserved dressing down I’ve ever seen from a member of Congress.
What was this guy thinking?
Take a look for yourself:
From Rep. Duckworth’s official biography:
In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.
Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As one of the highest-ranking patients, she quickly became an advocate for her fellow Soldiers and testified before Congress about caring for our Veterans and wounded warriors.
Following her recovery, Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006. After a narrow loss, she became Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. In Illinois, she worked to create a tax credit for employers who hired Veterans, established a first-in-the-nation 24/7 crisis hotline for Veterans, and developed innovative programs to improve Veterans’ access to housing and health care.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. At VA, Duckworth led an initiative to end homelessness among Veterans. She created the Office of Online Communications to improve the VA’s accessibility, especially among young Veterans, and also worked to address the unique challenges that Native American and female Veterans face.
What’s fascinating to me in this video is how she cited other people who, by her lights, were better examples of courage than she was.
Very well played.
h/t Ben Howe
Just read a post by Moe Lane that tells us who this guy is:
The “friend” is one Braulio Castillo, who is accused of using his connections to directly benefit his newly-acquired company Strong Castle – while apparently denying the relationship when asked. The other major allegations – manipulating the rules involving subsidizing businesses that operate in specific business zones, and manipulating the rules for special consideration for disabled veterans – probably fall under the category of “the crime is that it’s legal*.” Still, the relationship between Roseman and Castillo is apparently… problematical.