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Thu April 23, 2009

Senate Confirms Duckworth's Federal Nomination

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has confirmed former Iraq War helicopter pilot Tammy Duckworth's nomination as an Assistant Secretary at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Duckworth will direct the Office of Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Communications. Among other things, the Illinois National Guard major will oversee programs for homeless veterans.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's office announced the confirmation on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama nominated Duckworth on February 3.

Duckworth lost both her legs in a grenade attack in 2004. She was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in 2006 after a failed run for Congress.