Lieutenant Colonel Ladda Tammy Duckworth, Thai-born US Member of Parliament for Chicago, during her official visit to Thailand from August 27- September 3, said she was proud to be a Thai and a part to strengthen economic ties between the US and Thailand, especially in automobile industry.
On the matter of the ongoing southern unrest, she declined to give any comments but urged the government to focus more on military personnel and take the best care of the soldiers deployed in the violence-torn areas as these soldiers are risking their lives for the people and the nation.
Miss Duckworth also mentioned about the human trafficking issue, saying she has already discussed the matter with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, during which both parties agreed to do what it takes to eradicate the problem. She added that if all nations work together, operations to tackle human trafficking will be more effective.
Tammy Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, the first US Member of Congress born in Thailand, and the first female double amputee from the war. Miss Duckworth lost both of her legs in Iraq. However, she now continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey who is also an Iraq War veteran.