Rep. Zeldin Returns from Visiting U.S. Troops in Middle East for Christmas
Congressman Zeldin celebrates Christmas with NY-1 resident and Marine Corporal Maria Ripis of Farmingville who is stationed at Al Jaber Airbase in Kuwait.
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PATCHOGUE, N.Y. - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, returned from celebrating the holiday season with deployed U.S. service members in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Jordan. Representative Zeldin led the bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) that also included Congressman David Cicilline (D, RI-1), Congressman Mike Coffman (R, CO-6), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8), from December 23, 2017 to December 28, 2017. Having visited U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait over Christmas in December 2015 and Afghanistan and Qatar over Christmas in December 2016, this was Congressman Zeldin’s third consecutive year spending the holidays in the Middle East with deployed service members. Congressman Zeldin also participated in high level diplomatic meetings and was briefed by top military officials.
“It was my highest honor to be able to personally thank all of our deployed men and women abroad for their tremendous sacrifice on behalf of a very grateful nation. It is not easy for them to spend the holiday season several thousand miles away from home having great family and friends missing them around the Christmas Tree or Hanukkah Menorah,” Congressman Zeldin said. “For many of our deployed military and diplomatic personnel, this isn’t their first holiday season away from their loved ones. Being able to serve them their Christmas Day meals, let them know how much they are appreciated, and receive their critical feedback from the ground, is the absolute least I can do to make sure they know how much countless Americans are thinking about them, praying for them, and filled with enormous gratitude for their incredible sacrifice.”