VA Official Duckworth Struggles To Return From Iraq

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Where To Go For Immediate Help

Call the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1(800) 273-TALK (8255) or go to the Web site below.

Tammy Duckworth has felt the effect of war. Five years ago she was flying combat missions in Iraq when her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. She lost both of her legs and partial use of one arm. But she didn't lose her will; after recovering from her injuries, she ran for Congress and served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Today she's assistant secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Host Scott Simon talks to Duckworth about the mental health of returning soldiers and her own experience coming back from combat.

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