Tammy Duckworth ran for an Illinois seat in the US House of Representatives as an anti-war candidate in the 2006 election, but she failed to win despite a national wave of discontent with the war.
She currently heads the state of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
lw-2If accepted in her new job, Ms Duckworth will direct the Veteran Affairs' public affairs office as well as oversee programmes for homeless veterans, consumer affairs and special rehabilitative events.
''Effective communications with veterans and VA stakeholders is a key to improving our services and ensuring veterans receive the benefits they deserve,'' Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said.
''Tammy Duckworth brings significant talent, leadership and personal experience to this important work.''
Born in Bangkok, the 41-year-old war veteran is the daughter of Frank Duckworth, a former marine turned diplomat, and Lamai Sompornpairin.
Her Thai name is Ladda. She can speak fluent Thai and Indonesian, and still has a trace of an accent from spending much of her youth in Southeast Asia.
Her last visit to Thailand was in 2007. She joined the US military while in graduate school and signed up to be a helicopter pilot because it is one of the few positions where women are able to serve in combat.
She was co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter north of Baghdad on Nov 12, 2004, when the cockpit was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Ms Duckworth managed to help land the helicopter before passing out from blood loss.
She woke up 10 days later to the news that she had lost both her legs and her right arm was shattered.
Once formally nominated, Ms Duckworth will need US Senate confirmation to take the job, said Veteran Affairs spokesman Jim Benson.