Tammy DuckworthPresident Obama has tapped U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to lead the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The games are scheduled to run from March 7th to March 16th.

“It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Paralympic games with such heroic athletes,” said Duckworth, a combat veteran who uses a wheelchair. “It’s a sad fact that in many countries, the disabled are hidden, considered to be an embarrassment and not afforded the accommodations needed for them to lead productive lives. The athletes of the Paralympic games are an inspiration for the disabled citizens of the world and an example of what we can accomplish.”

While in Sochi, the American delegation will attend various events, meet with U.S. Paralympi