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11/26/04

Taylor To Bring A Taste Of Home To Deployed Troops

Our soldiers in Iraq will soon get another taste of Gulf Coast Seafood, thanks to Congressman Gene Taylor.

Taylor purchased 1,000 pounds of fresh shrimp for the troops. Friday they were packaged for shipping, but Taylor will deliver the seafood himself.

He and several others congressional leaders are going to Iraq to talk with members of the military's Special Forces Units.

"If you really want to know what's going on, you have to go there, get an opportunity to sit down and visit with the troops. It really is important. Quite frankly, it was the mom's and dad's of guardsmen and reservists who wrote me and said their loved ones didn't have the best body armor. That's how I found out about it. That's how we got that problem fixed. The troops are always happy to see us, but they're even happier when I show up with food," Rep. Gene Taylor said.

Taylor said he didn't ask for food donations for the troops, as he did on previous trips, because there is a weight limit on what could be shipped on the plane.

He's asking anyone who wants to help our troops to contribute to a send off party, December 21st, for the 155th battalion training at Camp Shelby.

If you'd like to help, you're asked to contact Lt. Col. Charles Barbour at 601-558-2053.

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