Illinois senator discusses special bond with Sen. John McCain

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) says her memories of the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) begin more than a decade before becoming his Senate colleague.

Duckworth was an Army helicopter pilot, and her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down during her service in the Iraq War in 2004.

As a result of the crash, Duckworth had parts of both legs amputated.

While she was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, she said McCain visited her and fellow wounded warriors.

Duckworth said, “I told him what a hero he had always been to me as an aviator.” She continued, “He looked at me deadpan and said, ‘I flew into a missile, that didn’t take talent. You flew into one too, and that didn’t take talent either.’ So, it was one of those things that sort of broke the ice.”

Duckworth says if people want to honor McCain’s legacy, they should do something for military service members and veterans.

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