Tammy Duckworth : 2021 Founder's Award
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
During her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was a vocal advocate for for working families and job creation. In the U.S. Senate, she's working towards common sense solutions to problems surrounding infrastructure, growing manufacturing jobs, investing in communities and ensuring college is affordable for all Americans.
Senator Duckworth is also working hard to support Veterans. She's lended her voice to support the passage of bills to help track and reduce Veteran suicides and to help Veterans find jobs in the private sector. She stands committed to ensure that we keep the promises made to our Veterans while standing behind deployed service men and women.