I had the oppotunity to hear Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois speak the other evening. She is a very charming and passionate individual, in additon to being very brave. She gave some details of the crash in which she lost both legs. Her helicopter was hit by a grenade and they did a crash landing. It sounds like everybody aboard suffered injuries, but initially the others thought she was dead. Nevertheless, they took her with them as they tried to escape. When the medics arrived, one of the other injured team members insisted that she be looked at first. Someone noticed she was still bleeding, so her heart must still be pumping. She said that action is the reason she survived.
She essentially related that story with the point of not leaving anyone behind. We are very fortunate to have someone with her character and background serving in the United States Senate.