There were many interesting stories that came out of Tuesday's national election.  None is more inspiring than that of Congresswoman-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-ILL).

She was born in Thailand (her father is American) in 1968 and came to this country when she was sixteen. She received her Master's Degree in International Afairs from George Washington University.

Tammy's dad was a military officer and she soon joined a long list of Duckworhs who have fought in every major American military conflict dating back to the American Revolution!

On November 12, 2004 she was piloting a Black Hawk helicopter in combat during Iraqi Freedom.  A rocket propelled grenade landed inside her helicopter and exploded.  Several crew members were killed and Tammy's legs were blown off.  She also incurred traumatic injuries to both arms.  She became the first female double amputee of the war.

During her lengthy rehabilitation she says she was inspired by Republican Sen. Bob Dole to pursue a life in politics.  In fact, Sen. Dole dedicated part of his biography, "One Soldier's Story," to her.

She retired from the military with the rank of Major.

Tammy has had a long interest in public affairs and took on the challenge of opposing popular Tea Party-backed candidate Joe Walsh for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She won.

Next January, Congress will welcome with open arms a real true American hero, Tammy Duckworth!