WASHINGTON--Wounded Iraq war veteran Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), traveled to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates on an official congressional trip where she focused on the role women are playing as the nation transitions to a new chapter with the planned departure of most U.S. and NATO troops in 2014.
On Mothers Day--last Sunday--Duckworth met with a group of women serving in the U.S. and Afghanistan military. Duckworth is one of two female Iraq war vets serving in Congress.
"In my meetings with the leaders of our military and the Afghan military and government I stressed the need to continue our pursuit of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorist groups who seek to attack America. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to work tirelessly to make sure that our troops in harms way have the tools to succeed and that our presence in Afghanistan keeps the American people safe. At the same time, we need to continue the gradual drawdown of our military presence in Afghanistan over the next year," Duckworth said in a statement.
Duckworth is a member of House Armed Services Committee; her subcommittees are Tactical Air and Land Forces and Oversight and Investigations.