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Garrett Will Tour Iraq

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Garrett Will Tour Iraq

September 20, 2004 - Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) will be traveling to Iraq as a member of a Congressional delegation to see and hear first hand from the U.S. troops, Commanders, Iraqi citizens, and Iraqi Governing Council as to the progress being made to stabilize and rebuild Iraq.

"Seeing first hand the conditions in Iraq will be crucial to evaluating our progress both militarily and diplomatically as we continue to work to rebuild Iraq and eliminate the terrorist threat that exists in that region. I am also especially looking forward to visiting with all of our troops that have been deployed to Iraq, but in particular those troops who are from the Fifth Congressional District.

As I will have the unique opportunity to meet with many of the troops, I am extending the opportunity to families here at home who have loved ones serving in Iraq, to bring letters that you would like to have delivered to your family member serving in Iraq. While I can not be sure I will be able to hand deliver each letter, I will ensure that the letter is delivered to the appropriate commanders to be received by your family member.

As this trip has been set up on short notice, I'll need for you to bring your letters to either of my legislative offices in Paramus or Newton by 3 pm on Tuesday, September 21, so that they may then be sent overnight to my Washington, D.C. office for me to take to Iraq. To make arrangements to deliver letters please contact either:

Gina Diorio
Eastern District Office (Paramus)
210 Route 4 East
Suite 206
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-712-0330

OR

Tammy Happe
Western District Office (Newton)
93 Main Street
Newton, NJ 07860
973-300-2000

Your letters should be in a standard envelope with the full name and address of its recipient clearly marked on the outside. Please do not seal the envelope for security purposes.

As my capability to disseminate this information is limited due to time and information, if you know of any families with a member serving in Iraq I urge you to forward this information on to them.

Our soldiers who have served and are currently serving have done a spectacular job. I look forward to sharing all of our thanks with them, and assessing first hand the conditions and situation in Iraq."

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