For Duckworth, A Wounded Veteran, Monday Was Her ‘Alive Day’

November 12, 2018 - 6:30 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- One high-profile veteran and Illinois politician was not at any public Veterans Day events on Monday. 

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth attended a ceremony honoring veterans at Chicago's City Hall on Sunday. It was there the Iraq War vet and Purple Heart recipient shared that Nov. 12 is her "Alive Day.”

On November 12, 2004, the then-captain in the Illinois Army National Guard nearly died after the helicopter she was piloting was hit by an RPG in Iraq.

Her fellow crew members helped care for her after the attack, which cost her both legs. She honors those crew members to this day.

Duckworth says she’ll spend the day privately talking to the men -- either on the phone or in person.

If in person, she buys them beer. It’s something she said she's happy to do for the rest of her life.