Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki helps Tammy Duckworth after she was sworn in as assistant secretary on May 20, 2009, in Washington. Duckworth lost both legs while serving as an Army helicopter pilot in Iraq. In November, Duckworth became the first woman injured in combat to be elected to national office. She is a congresswoman from Illinois.
These young women prior to a 24 hour alert, manning deep underground a command post [two officers per post] of a missile silo, able to launch the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile each and everyone of those Minuteman carrying ten atomic warheads.