Thursday, February 5, 2009
President Taps Duckworth for VA Post
President Obama has selected Tammy Duckworth, currently the head of Illinois' Department of Veterans Affairs, to be the assistant secretary of public and intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Some had hoped the top VA post would go to Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs when a grenade attack brought down her helicopter in Iraq in 2004. But this is a very influential post, as Duckworth will direct internal and external communications and government relations. She noted the particular needs of today's veterans, saying "The VA system faces new challenges as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The patient profile is changing. More wounded soldiers are surviving very serious injuries."