11/11/12 - They served their nation in war, and now they’ll serve it in Congress.
A record number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were elected to the House last Tuesday, including two history-making female combat veterans.
Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii who did a tour in Iraq with the Army National Guard’s 29th Brigade in 2004, was elected to the House with 8o percent of the vote.
Gabbard, who is just 31, said her service has influenced her political career.
“One of the most heartbreaking responsibilities I had was to go over the list of troops who had been injured or killed every day and identify Hawaii soldiers so that I could make sure they were receiving proper care. This experience has never left me,” Gabbard told POLITICO. read more>>>