Bustos returns from Afghanistan

May  15, 2014

      Even though the U.S. is pulling out of Afghanistan later this year, there's still a lot of work to be done. That's according to Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, who returned from overseas today.  This afternoon, she met with local veterans in Moline to talk about the trip. During the nearly week-long trip with a women's bipartisan Congressional delegation, Bustos met with U.S. and Afghan military leaders and active-duty service members from Illinois.

      "The main purpose from a governmental, practical perspective for me going to Afghanistan was for me to make sure that as we continue our withdrawal, that I understand that the votes I take exactly what our country is facing and what Afghanistan is facing. We've lost over 1,800 American lives in this war and we've made a lot improvements in that country, but there's a long way to go." 

      The congresswoman from East Moline says access to education and women's rights remain priorities in Afghanistan. 

      She also says it meant to lot to be able to deliver Mother's Day Cards to some service members from Illinois. The cards were made by students at Andalusia Elementary School. 

      Bustos says there are currently 32,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.