Chamberlain College of Nursing faculty, staff and students welcomed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to the Addison campus on Thursday, March 28. The congresswoman toured classrooms and simulation labs and visited with student nurses.
DeVry University, co-located in Addison with Chamberlain, also participated in the tour, sharing the University’s new Veteran Center, Student Central, library and classrooms with the congresswoman and her staff.
A highlight of the tour was the congresswoman’s moving recollection of her experiences in the Illinois Army National Guard. Duckworth served as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and was one of the first women in the U.S. Army to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Seriously wounded during her service, the congresswoman expressed her appreciation for the care and attention she received from the many nurses who helped care for her during a long recovery.
U.S. Rep. Duckworth represents the 8th Congressional District, which includes Addison. She is an Iraq War Veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart for her service. She is also the former Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs and a student, currently pursuing two doctorate degrees.