Santa Monica, California, far far away from Illinois’s 8th. I assume Duckworth heads West for fund raising more plentiful than she can find among the hard-pressed working families of Chicago’s ‘burbs.
Lt. Colonel Tammy Duckworth -- the famed Purple Heart recipient and one of the top officials in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who electrified audiences with her speech at the Democratic National Convention -- will give a free talk at Santa Monica College later this month.
Duckworth, the Black Hawk pilot who lost both legs and partial use of her right arm after being shot down in Iraq, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the SMC Theatre Arts Main Stage on the main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. Her talk is titled, “Our Next Mission.”
“Lt. Colonel Duckworth is not only an inspiration to the nation, she is an important voice for veterans, whose ranks have grown to more than 600 who are students at Santa Monica College,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang. “In addition, Lt. Colonel Duckworth’s talk will dovetail beautifully with our college’s new GRIT initiative, which seeks to instill in students growth, resilience, integrity and tenacity.”