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Reichert Honors Troops for Service in Iraq

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Washington, Dec 15, 2011 | Charles McCray III | comments

Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today released the following statement after the United States formally concluded its military presence in Iraq:

"I am so proud of our troops serving in Iraq and am glad many of them will now be able to spend the holidays at home with friends and family,” said Reichert.  “The service and commitment of more than one million American military personnel liberated Iraq and brought a new democracy to the Middle East.  The 30,000 that were wounded and nearly 4,500 that gave the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

“American soldiers worked hard to ensure Iraqi security forces are equipped to keep order and protect their borders.  I remain concerned by the regional influence of an increasingly hostile regime in Iran, but hope Iraq will have a prosperous, safe future as we welcome American forces home.  Our men and women in uniform have been fighting around the world in the defense of liberty for generations.  The troops coming home this month are the latest part of that noble tradition.”

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