Tammy Duckworth visits Iraq for first time since being shot down in 2004

Tammy Duckworth visits Iraq for first time since being shot down in 2004
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said she recently visited Iraq for the first time since she was shot down in 2004 while piloting an Army helicopter.

Duckworth's office said in a statement Friday that the Illinois senator led a bipartisan congressional delegation to Iraq during April's recess and was joined by Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonGOP senator presses VA after veteran reportedly bitten by ants at nursing home GOP buys JonOssoff.com after Democrat launches Georgia Senate bid Jon Ossoff launching Georgia Senate campaign MORE (R-Ga.) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingOvernight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall Bipartisan panel to issue recommendations for defending US against cyberattacks early next year MORE (I-Maine).

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Duckworth said the senators made the trip to "show our support for the people of Iraq and express our hope that Iraq will be an independent, strong country and a close ally of the United States for many years to come."

"I was proud to join Senators Isakson and King representing our nation on this important trip – and I was even prouder that I was able to leave Iraq under my own power this time," Duckworth said in a statement.

Duckworth lost both her legs when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in 2004.

King said he was "proud to share" the experience of visiting Iraq with Isakson "and particularly Senator Duckworth."

"To witness Senator Duckworth flying once again over the site where she was shot down in 2004 was a moment I’ll never forget," King said in a statement. "I’m deeply grateful for her service, and for the service of all the men and women deployed to Iraq and across the world to keep America safe."