29 November 2012 - At an event honoring military veterans newly elected to Congress, hosted by national veteran nonprofit GotYour6 Thursday night, two of the honorees stood out.
Representatives-elect Democrats Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth from Illinois stood on stage among the male military veterans elected this year. Their election marks the first time in history two female combat veterans will serve in public office. Twelve military veterans were elected in total, 10 of which are men. Nine of those men are Republicans.
Gabbard served as a company commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard, with whom she deployed in 2004 as a medical operations specialist for a year-long combat tour near Baghdad. In 2009, she deployed a second time to the Middle East, where she helped train the Kuwait National Guard.
Duckworth still bears the wounds of her combat tour. read more>>>