Fresh Paint
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
... by Lynn Sweet, that is. And take that, you VFW "Speedo" lovers. What did he ever do (or will he ever do) for you?:

Gov picks Duckworth for Veterans Affairs
Gov. Blagojevich is starting his second term making a smart choice for a top job. He's tapping wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth to be the new director of the Illinois Veterans' Affairs Department.

"I thought it was a natural fit for me and my background," Duckworth told me.
Duckworth, 38, as many know from her high-profile campaign, lost her legs and mangled an arm when her helicopter was hit in Iraq by a rocket-propelled grenade. Before she starts her state job, where she will oversee a $94.2 million budget and 1,135 employees, she will return to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for a few days to get some adjustments to her prosthesis.

Duckworth said a priority will be bolstering Blagojevich's new "Veterans Care" program and "making it available to more veterans."

Low-income veterans between the ages of 19 and 64 who do not have medical, dental or vision insurance would be covered under a state plan for $40 a month. Only a handful of veterans have enrolled to date in the program launched last September.
This is a really good program that no one even talked about prior to the election. I learned about it only in the gov's emailed newsletter. Am pleased as punch now that Tammy lost.*

*not really, but...

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