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Rep. Capito to travel to Iraq, Afghanistan

Capito to visit Middle East to meet with soldiers, observe reconstruction

Capito to visit Middle East to meet with soldiers, observe reconstruction

February 12, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito will travel to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet with soldiers from West Virginia and to observe reconstruction efforts, her office announced Wednesday.

"I am going to use this trip to see first hand how our efforts are working and what we can do to best support our troops," the 2nd District Republican said in a news release.

American taxpayers have made a "significant investment" in rebuilding the area, Capito said. "That is why I hope to tour major infrastructure projects that have been rebuilt, such as oil fields and electrical grids."

Capito will travel with a bipartisan group of members of Congress led by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va. She also plans to meet Iraq's top American administrator L. Paul Bremer during the visit.

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According to the latest Department of Defense figures, West Virginia has about 3,400 National Guard and reservists on active duty to support national and international missions related to the nation's war on terrorism. Because of the state's concentration in specialized areas such as engineering and military police, many West Virginians have been sent to Iraq.

Specific dates and sites for the trip were not announced.

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