Associated Press
FILE - In this April 1, 2009 file photo, then-Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary-designate Tammy Duckworth testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. After more than a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dozens of military veterans _ Republicans and Democrats _ are running for Congress this election year as voters have shown a fresh enthusiasm for candidates with no elected experience. This year, as the military has opened more jobs to women closer to the front lines, several of those veterans are females with battlefield scars and pioneering accomplishments.  (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

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