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Tammy Duckworth – After receiving a Purple Heart, an Air Medal, and an Army Commendation Medal for her service in Iraq, Tammy Duckworth went on to become the Assistance Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2010, she was inducted into the U.S. Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame.

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Illustration on failures in the Veterans Administration system of care by M. Ryder/ Tribune Content Agency

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Illustration on failures in the Veterans Administration system of care by M. Ryder/ Tribune Content Agency

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Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., right, and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, listen as officials from the the Department of Veterans Affairs testify about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at Veterans Administration hospitals, possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Travis Fugate, a member of the Kentucky National Guard who was blinded by an IED attack in Iraq, wipes his eyes as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, My 29, 2014, before the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations as the panel examines inadequacies in the Veterans Administration's treatment of visually-impaired veterans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., right, and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, listen as officials from the the Department of Veterans Affairs testify about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at Veterans Administration hospitals, possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Demonstrators protesting against the Veterans Administration policy at Houston National Cemetery to ban all religious references and prayers from funerals and other events.