Monday, September 15, 2008

Gov. Blunt Visits Troops in Kosovo

Gov. Matt Blunt was in Pristina, Kosovo Monday to meet with Missouri troops stationed overseas.

"Missouri’s patriots are doing tremendous work and representing our state with honor," Gov. Blunt said. "We can all take great pride in everything they do to keep our state and nation safe. It is inspiring to witness the roles these fine young men and women are filling, the selflessness of their sacrifices and their dedication to service," he added in a statement.

Blunt met with members of the Missouri National Guard at the Kosovo Force (KFOR) Headquarters in Pristina. According to the Governor's office, more than 1,000 citizen soldiers of the Missouri National Guard are currently working in Kosovo. Since September 11, 2001, almost 8,000 citizen Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized. This is the third time Blunt has visited Missouri troops overseas.

Also, Monday, the Governor announced he is sending 141 Missouri Department of Social Services’ (DSS) employees to Louisiana to assist with disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.

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