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(PHOTOS) New York Congressman & Veteran Lee Zeldin Visited U.S. Troops In The Middle East For Christmas

January 04, 2017

Over the Christmas holiday, New York Congressman Lee Zeldin traveled to the Middle East to visit with troops as part of a trip with the bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL). This year was the second year in a row that the Republican Representative and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee made the trip to the Middle East for the holidays.

“I returned last week from a bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to the Middle East, where I had the honor of visiting our troops over the Christmas holiday for the second year in a row,” Rep. Zeldin told American Military News. “It was such a privilege to personally thank many of our service members in Afghanistan and other locations in the region who are currently deployed and missing the holidays away from their families in defense of our freedoms and liberties.”

Congressman Zeldin with servicemen stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, including New York servicemembers Captain Dan Kim, SSG Luna Sergio, SSG Joseph Philbin and NY-1 resident, SPC Raymond Stock, from Congressman Zeldin’s hometown of Shirley.

Congressman Zeldin with servicemen stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The New York Congressman told American Military News that it’s important to him to support U.S. troops fighting for our country who don’t always get to be with their families for the holidays.

“Spending a holiday away from family is never easy and they deserve to know how grateful we all are for their service and sacrifice. I also had the opportunity to meet with top military and diplomatic leadership during my trip.”


“These critical meetings were most informative and provided crucial information on the fight against ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups,” Rep. Zeldin added. “It has been an incredible experience spending these last two holiday seasons abroad with our troops and military officials serving overseas to keep us safe, secure and free.”