VA Assistant Secretary to Speak Oct. 12

Duckworth brings personal journey to USF AccessiBULL / Veterans event.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2010) – Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary and Iraqi War Veteran L. Tammy Duckworth will deliver the keynote address at 12 p.m. on Oct. 12, as part of Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) AccessiBULL / Showcasing Abilities day. The address takes place in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom during ResearchOne. Lunch will be provided. No RSVP is necessary.

A major in the Illinois Army National Guard, Duckworth served in Iraq as an assistant operations officer and flew combat missions as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. During a mission north of Baghdad in 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade struck the helicopter she was co-piloting.

As a result of the attack, Duckworth lost both of her legs and partial use of one arm. She received many decorations for her actions, including the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. Since her recovery, Duckworth has dedicated her life to public service, advocating on behalf of disability rights and veterans. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Secretary Duckworth's address is co-sponsored by the USF SDS, Veterans Reintegration Strategy, Offices of Diversity & Equal Opportunity, Multicultural Affairs, and Veterans Services, and is featured as part of this year's ResearchOne week of events. For more information, visit the SDS website.

Sponsored by the Office of Research & Innovation, ResearchOne 2010 takes place Oct. 11-15, and celebrates the work of USF faculty, staff and student researchers, scientists, scholars and inventors with a variety of speakers, poster presentations, displays, lab tours, award ceremonies and more.

A complete calendar of ResearchOne events can be found here.

ResearchOne Contacts:
Sponsorships: Judy Lowry, 974-3181,
Event Scheduling: Lynn Cooil, 974-8124,