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U.S. Representative Val Demings

Representing the 10th District of Florida

Congresswoman Val Demings Visits Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan


May 15, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Congresswoman Val Demings, Florida’s 10th Congressional District, joined a group of bipartisan Congresswomen that visited troops in Afghanistan and Iraq this past week. The purpose of the trip was to conduct oversight of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of women in the United States Armed Forces and local women.

“This was my first trip to Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was such an honor to meet with our female troops and commanders, and see firsthand the difference they are making in Afghanistan and Iraq all while protecting our homeland," said Congresswoman Val Demings.

Congresswoman Demings was able to deliver Mother’s Day cards to female service members that were made by students from Congressional District 10.

“We just wanted to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make to serve us, not just on Mother’s Day, but everyday.”

During the mission, the Congresswomen met with US female service members, toured local businesses, participated in roundtables with Afghan Female Police and Soldiers, met with Iraqi women leaders, and humanitarian leaders.

“I’m encouraged by the work being done through USAID to enhance and further the lives of women in Afghanistan and Iraq. We must continue to invest in these important programs, that help to enrich the lives of families and give them hope for the future.”

Congresswoman Demings joined Congresswoman Martha Roby, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and Congresswomen Susan Brooks, as well as members of the House Armed Services Committee.