Mother’s Day In Afghanistan
During Mother’s Day weekend, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney visited members of the United States armed forces serving in Afghanistan, joining a bipartisan congressional delegation that also included House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressmembers Anna Eshoo, Jean Schmidt and Terri Sewell. The lawmakers met with troops in the field and participated in important discussions with American and Afghan government and military officials as well as with Afghan women leaders and organizations. On the trip, they visited Helmand and Kandahar provinces, two of the most war-torn areas in the current conflict in Afghanistan, and on May 13 traveled to Kabul, the nation’s capital. It was the first congressional delegation to visit Afghanistan since the historic Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on May 1.
“I was honored to visit our extraordinarily courageous and dedicated servicemembers in Afghanistan – and I was heartened to learn about our efforts to bring them home as safely and as quickly as possible,” said Maloney, who has previously called for an end to active U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.