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.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.*
"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.
*not really, but...
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