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" I didn't want to get pregnant while commanding an assault helicopter company and, before I knew it, I was deployed and missed out on many of my childbearing years. "
" The summer before I started college, my parents walked everywhere instead of taking the bus. Once a week, they would hand over $10 to the university housing office, a deposit so I could move into the dorms in the fall. "
" The military is a place of discipline, technical proficiency, and personal sacrifice for the greater good. "
" Every day, members of the LGBTQ community deal with challenges that most Americans will never have to face. These challenges appear in the workplace, in your homes, in your community, and even in the halls of Congress. "
" I actually shoot. I enjoy target practice. I find it really zen. You focus on nothing but the target. You have to control your breathing. It's all part of my years in the military, where I was taught to become a marksman but also to respect my weapon. "
" When I first ran, being a woman in politics was seen as both a negative and also a positive. You could attract more women voters, but on the other hand, a lot of men wouldn't vote for you. "
" I don't know why I survived Iraq and I don't know why I made it home, but I do know that this is my second chance at life and I can do whatever I want now. "
" I actually lost both my legs. I can walk because I got really good health care. "
" Energy is one of the most precious battlefield resources, but it is risky and expensive to deliver in combat zones. "
" Each and every time I went in for IVF treatments, I knew there was a bipartisan group of Congresswomen praying for me, and I was honored that the same group was there at my baby shower. "
" As a nation, we need to do everything we can to make sure those who have served have the tools they need to succeed in civilian life. "
" I remember my mother taking me as a very little kid to the roof of our home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to look at the bombs exploding in the distance. She didn't want us to be scared by the booms and the strange flashes of light. It was her way of helping us to understand what was happening. "
" The women putting their lives at risk for our country deserve better than to be treated as second-class citizens. "
" I'm going to find solutions wherever I can. I think it's all a priority. You can't just say, 'OK, I'm going to work on this but not that.' You have to work on all of it. "
" Our soldiers show every single day that they are more than good enough. "
" We must be an inclusive nation that respects and supports all of its citizens: a nation that doesn't give up on anyone who hasn't given up on themselves. "
" I get up every single day trying to repay a debt that I can never repay. Never. And I will work hard. Because I don't know why I was saved. I don't know. "
" Nobody wants to be on food stamps, but when my family lost everything, we were grateful for it. I was grateful the program was there so I could concentrate on my schoolwork and not on my empty belly. We were grateful that we had the support we needed to roll up our sleeves and rebuild our lives. "
" The contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants throughout our nation's history are undeniable, but the tendency to overlook their gallant efforts is pervasive and persistent. "
" I grew up a daughter of a United States Marine, a daughter of a man so proud to be an American. "
" I love the Army with every bone in my body. "
" Like so many women, especially military women, I waited to have children. "
" In the military, a combatant command is the ultimate job. It's the pointy tip of the spear, overseeing the people carrying the rifles and flying the aircraft. "
" Our military men and women are our greatest national treasure. They should be safeguarded as such upon their return. "
" Illinois' economy will benefit from the modernization of the power sector. "
" As an assistant operations officer for a helicopter task force in Iraq, I saw my fellow Guardsmen and soldiers risk life and limb to maintain diesel fuel supply lines. "
" My arm bones looked like chicken bones. "
" I had 12 years in the Army before I ever faced combat. "
" As I recovered at Walter Reed, I worried about the soldiers who pulled me out of my helicopter that Friday afternoon. Would they make it back okay? And what about all the other soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who were also putting their lives on the line every day? "
" The ADA allows persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the world around them. "
" Food Stamps helped keep me from going hungry, and Pell grants helped me go to college. "