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The First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress, Tammy Duckworth & Tulsi Gabbard

The First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress, Tammy Duckworth & Tulsi Gabbard

After giving a rousing speech at the DNC, disabled Iraq War veteran (who served as an Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm), Tammy Duckworth won a Congressional seat for Illinois, becoming one of the first military female combat veterans elected to Congress.

Sharing that title will be Tulsi Gabbard -- elected to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in November -- who will also be the first American Samoan and the first-ever practicing Hindu member in Congress.

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