U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., visits VFW Post 1307 in Elgin, Ill. on Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Patrick Kunzer)

When Obama mentioned his administration's ongoing commitment to veterans returning from Iraq from Afghanistan, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) shot out of her wheelchair and stood to applaud.

That's notable because Duckworth lost both her legs when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq and uses prosthetic legs.