Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense & National Security — Austin mandates vaccine for Guardsmen Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Wisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' MORE (D-Ill.) blasted a conservative blog for saying she "doesn't have a leg to stand on," pointing out that she lost both her legs in combat.
An article by the conservative Red State blog said Duckworth “doesn’t have a leg to stand on” over her support of Miguel Perez Jr., the veteran convicted of a drug crime who was deported earlier this month.
Duckworth, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, lost both of her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade shot down the helicopter she was piloting over Iraq in 2004.
She corrected Red State Blog on Wednesday, telling them she has two legs that are “made of titanium” and “don’t buckle.”
Duckworth went on to shred the blog for going after Perez and his legal troubles after he served the U.S. country in Afghanistan. Perez was convicted of manufacturing and delivering more than two pounds of cocaine in 2010.
Perez said before his deportation that he is worried he won't have access to substance abuse and mental health counseling. He said his drug conviction, for cocaine possession, was the result of his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Duckworth said Red State Blog's criticism of Perez for his drug charge indicated a lack of support for the “complicated and often invisible wounds" of veterans.
“Many veterans who suffer from PTSD struggle with addiction and land in legal jeopardy,” Duckworth tweeted. “It’s easy to pay lip service to supporting our troops and veterans until they come home with complicated and often invisible wounds that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”
Many Veterans who suffer from PTSD struggle with addiction and land in legal jeopardy. It’s easy to pay lip service to supporting our troops and Veterans until they come home with complicated and often invisible wounds that they will carry for the rest of their lives— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) March 28, 2018
“You don’t truly support our Veterans if you’re not willing to acknowledge and support them through the ugly havoc war can wreak on their lives.”
You don’t truly support our Veterans if you’re not willing to acknowledge and support them through the ugly havoc war can wreak on their lives— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) March 28, 2018
Duckworth has been a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE and his approach to the military.
"I don't think that he has the right to question other people's support for our military, especially those of us who have served," Duckworth said in January.
She refers to Trump as "Cadet Bone Spurs," a knock to his Vietnam deferment for bone spurs in his feet.