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At 25, Tammy Duckworth was just beginning her career as a helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard - a bit sooner than she originally expected. Usually, she says, it was about a one year wait before you could get to flight school. But when she got the call in 1993 that a spot was open last minute in Fort Rucker, Alabama, she packed up her bags and left Chicago, reporting to duty just three days later.
That is, after a quick stop to the Justice of the Peace to marry her then-boyfriend.
“I did not want to go to flight school and do something that dangerous and my husband not have rights in case I was injured or wounded or hurt,” Duckworth said. They had a full wedding ceremony later that summer.
So off she went, incredibly focused on becoming a helicopter pilot - not at all thinking about the office on Capitol Hill she sits in now.