A record number of female veterans are running for Congress this year, as both parties make a play for the women’s vote.
Only five female military veterans have ever served in Congress, including Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), an Army National Guard captain.
Both are expected to win reelection, and 11 other female military veterans are vying to join them.
They include five Republicans, four Democrats, and one each from the Libertarian and Independent Green Party.
“I think both parties see the value of women veteran candidates,” said Seth Lynn, founder of Veterans Campaign, a non-partisan organization that helps veterans run for office.
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