One of the good things about losing your feet is I can wear all the pointy shoes I want, and it doesn't hurt anymore. I can wear shoes just for fashion now.

Student loans, Social Security, and Medicare make a difference in the lives of working families every day, and the conversation that should be taking place is how we can save these programs, not weaken them.

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation's uniform and to honor their service.

We must recognize and keep in the public consciousness the significant contributions and sacrifices Americans of every community have made that have helped forge the greatest country our world has ever known.

We should have completed the fight in Afghanistan instead of starting a new war in Iraq.

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.

I consider myself lucky to have been born into a family that valued service to both one's country and one's community.

Illinois' economy will benefit from the modernization of the power sector.

My experience in Iraq made me realize, and during the recovery, that I could have died. And I just had to do more with my life.

I do not have PTSD, but if I watch part of a movie like 'The Hurt Locker,' or when I spend time around Blackhawk helicopters, I will close my eyes that night and live an entire day in Iraq, flying my missions. I remember the smell and the feel and the heat and everything about it. Then I wake up in Illinois, and I'm exhausted.

I always wanted to be an ambassador.

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 wheelchair and the prosthesis give me a soapbox to stand on. If it helps me get my message across, I'm glad; then we need to talk about what we need to do for this country.

As Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a constant concern for me is having our veterans dragged into partisan politics.

The military is a place of discipline, technical proficiency, and personal sacrifice for the greater good.

It's really hard to use a laptop when you only have half a lap.

My therapist would be so happy to know I'm doing all this walking. They've done a great job of putting me back together, haven't they?

Food Stamps helped keep me from going hungry, and Pell grants helped me go to college.

What seems like comfort and security one day can all be taken away the very next.

Whether defending our nation as a Black Hawk pilot abroad or serving our veterans and those in need at home, my life has been enriched by the opportunities I've had to serve my country and fellow citizens, both in and out of uniform.

I was born in Bangkok in 1968 and grew up in Southeast Asia with my Thai mom and my American father, who first came to the region to fight in Vietnam and stayed to work assisting refugees.

If I still had my legs, I would be in line for a battalion command, and instead, I'm flying a desk.

I know firsthand that immigrants make enormous contributions to our nation, but I also know that we need to secure our borders and make sure that those who came here illegally wait their turn, pay a fine and any unpaid taxes, and pass a criminal background check before becoming citizens.

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?

How can you have an educated workforce, how do you equal the economic disparities in this country, if you can't make college more affordable for those who are struggling to make it?

When I hear from people who are struggling to put food on the table, I understand because I've been there.

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.

My strength is in finding ways to make the government work for the people: finding waste, or money that is not being properly used... or finding opportunities that are out there and making them work for the community.

Veterans are my life's work. From the day my buddies saved my life in Iraq, I've woken up every single day dedicated to taking care of veterans and doing my best for veterans.

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 was in Congress for six months, and they put me on blood pressure medication. I flew helicopters in combat and I was fine, and I survived 13 months in recovery in the hospital... I got to Congress, and six months later I'm on blood pressure medication. Fourteen months later, they doubled the dosage!

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 know from personal experience that engaging with your community and helping others helps foster a sense of shared sacrifice and - at a time when our politics seem more focused on tearing us apart than bringing us together - that shared sacrifice will help us rekindle the national unity that has made us the strongest nation in the world.

I did not know I was a Midwesterner until I got there. I just fell in love with the people.

I absolutely welcome a full investigation into the for-profit schools because I think a majority of them are predatory.

I shouldn't even be here, so if I'm here, I better do something good.

At my core, I know that the American Dream is about the opportunity to work hard to make your future.

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 went to Iraq in 2004 because I believe in doing my duty, not because I agreed with the war.

The women putting their lives at risk for our country deserve better than to be treated as second-class citizens.

I feel like moderate Republicans, who would support sensible gun violence legislation, are pushed aside by those folks who are absolutely beholden to the NRA.

The lessons I learned as an officer, the challenges I've faced, and the camaraderie I've experienced are at the core of who I am.

When I got to Iraq, my world focused in on one mission. It was incredibly rewarding.

The ADA allows persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the world around them.

I said three things when I woke up in Walter Reed. 'I love you.' 'Put me to work,' and 'You stink! Go shower!'

I am just one of the overwhelming majority of Americans who is responsible and hard-working and at one point in their life benefited greatly from government programs such as student loans, Medicare, and Social Security.

My arm bones looked like chicken bones.

You fly. You aviate. You do everything you can to get the aircraft safely on the ground.

When I joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1992, there were no female four-star generals. I still remember the day in 2008 when a woman first achieved that rank.