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- Thursday Apr 25 - 12:21am

One of the world’s gutsiest women

U.S. News & World Report ran a nice excerpt from Rebounders, from the chapter on Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs when her chopper got shot down in Iraq in 2004. Duckworth described to me how a sense of mission allowed her to endure agonizing pain, overcome the despair that is a natural byproduct of sudden disability, and develop newfound courage that allowed her to try things she never would have dreamed of before the shoot-down. Chances are, you'll hear more about Tammy Duckworth in the future. From the excerpt:

One day toward the end of 2004, 36-year-old Tammy Duckworth awoke in a hospital room, wondering where she was and what had happened. As consciousness came and went, she heard doctors and nurses talking about a helicopter crash. It came back to her in fragmented, terrifying snapshots. Iraq. Heat. Sky. Dust. A deafening flash. Screeching machinery. Blood. Fear. Something terrible had happened, and she had been in the middle of it. (More ....)