Quinn returns from Iraq, Afghanistan

July 23, 2009 4:02:47 PM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn visited with U.S. troops, took part in medal ceremonies and flew over the mountains of Afghanistan in a visit to that country and Iraq.Quinn held his first press conference Thursday since returning home from the trip abroad that was paid for by the Department of Defense.

He traveled with the governors of Texas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nevada to thank military members for their service.

Quinn said many troops serve in remote locations and don't have much contact with home so it's meaningful when officials like the governor of a state visits in a war zone to thank them for their service.

The Illinois National Guard said Quinn visited with a number of troops in their units who are deployed.

Quinn is encouraging people to donate their unused frequent flier airline miles so military families can visit their injured loved ones around the globe.

"This is invaluable to the recovery of our soldiers in these far away military hospitals. We want to appeal to the people of Illinois to join up," said Quinn.

The program is called Operation Hero Miles. For more information, please visit heromiles.org

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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