Duckworth blasts witness over 28-year-old ankle injury

Duckworth blasts witness over 28-year-old ankle injury

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 13:19

Via the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth went after a witness at a House hearing today.

Here's how the Post explains her target:

Duckworth grew visibly upset with Braulio Castillo, the president and CEO of Strong Castle, Inc. A congressional investigation found that Castillo claimed service-disabled veteran status in 2012 over an ankle injury he suffered in 1984 at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School.

Duckworth, who lost both legs after a helicopter she was piloting in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, didn't hold back.

"Your foot hurt? Your left foot? It hurts, yeah?" Duckworth said. "My feet hurt, too. In fact, the balls of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there's a nail being hammered into my right heel right now. So I can understand pain and suffering and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain."

"So I’m sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way, if also opportune for you to gain this status for your business as you were trying to compete for contracts,” she said.

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