Wounded Iraq war vet Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a double amputee, is pregnant. A girl. Due in early December. “My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child later this year,” Duckworth told me in an e-mail. “We are overwhelmed by the support of our family, friend and neighbors. I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to make sure that all my constituents have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream,” she said. Duckworth, 46, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was flying a Black Hawk helicopter over Iraq when she was shot down on Nov. 12, 2004. She lost both legs and shattered her right arm. Duckworth’s life changed in many ways after a rocket-propelled grenade slammed her Black Hawk, including putting her on a path that led to her election to Congress in 2012. And now, a baby. Of the five female vets who are Iraq war amputees, four of them, with Duckworth, are pregnant or recently gave birth. The women — with Chicago connections — were featured together on a segment of NBC’s “Today Show” on Monday, a “band of mothers” talking about their pregnancies and special circumstances. Duckworth said she has been trying for some time to have a baby and became pregnant through a form of in vitro fertilization.
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