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No, We Weren’t ‘Suckers’ or ‘Losers’

The military colleagues who saved my life knew what service means. Trump, in contrast, lets his personal insecurities endanger America’s national security.
Source: Courtesy of the Office of Tammy Duckworth

If Donald Trump had been on the battlefield with me in Iraq back in November 2004, I doubt I ever would’ve made it home.

In the Army, part of our soldier’s creed involves never leaving a fallen comrade behind. The only reason I am alive today is that, after a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting, my buddies embodied that creed. They thought I was dead but still risked their own safety to bring my body back home to my family. Only when they got me to a rescue aircraft did they realize that I was still breathing. Then they ignored their own injuries,

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