FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arrives at the World War II Memorial in Washington

 

              FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arrives at the World War II Memorial in Washington
FILE - In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arrives at the World War II Memorial in Washington for a ceremony honoring World War II veterans who fought in the Pacific. Duckworth, who is running in 2012 as a congressional candidate in Illinois, became a double amputee when her National Guard helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004. During the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hundreds of thousands of veterans have come home and laid aside their uniforms. But not all have opted to simply blend back into civilian life. Many have chosen to run for public office. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)