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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to Keynote NCIL Conference

Tammy DuckworthUnited States Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is set to deliver the keynote address at the 2013 NCIL Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004. Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.

Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As one of the highest-ranking patients, she quickly became an advocate for her fellow soldiers and testified before Congress about caring for our veterans and wounded warriors.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. At VA, Duckworth led an initiative to end homelessness among Veterans. She created the Office of Online Communications to improve the VA’s accessibility, especially among young Veterans, and also worked to address the unique challenges that Native American and female Veterans face.

Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream. Upon her election less than a year ago, she became the first woman with a disability to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

To see Congresswoman Duckworth make history at the NCIL Conference, you need to be in Washington, DC with fellow advocates just a few weeks from now. Today is the last chance for pre-registration. Additional details are available bellow. 

Pre-Registration for NCIL’s 2013 Annual Conference on Independent Living Closes at Midnight Tonight!

This year’s Annual Conference on Independent Living is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent history, and we can’t wait to see you there!

All pre-registrations must be received by Friday, July 12 at 12:00 midnight, Eastern Time. Individuals may still register onsite, but onsite registration rates are higher. 

To register, use our printable registration form or the NCIL online store, which gives you the ability to register up to three attendees with one transaction and accepts Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.

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