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Sen. Coons Travels to Liberia to Meet with Troops

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Delaware Senator Chris Coons departed for West Africa Thursday to visit U.S. soldiers who are helping to fight the ebola outbreak.

Coons says he wanted to visit Liberia because it's important to go and thank the forces working in the region.

“Ebola has claimed the lives of almost 7,000 men, women, and children, and is still ravaging West Africa,” Senator Coons said. “There are more than 2,000 U.S. troops currently serving on the front lines of our fight against Ebola, building hospitals and field clinics, but no Member of Congress has visited them yet. I think it's important to show them our support, especially during the holiday season while they're away from their loved ones.”

Senator Coons departed for Liberia on Thursday evening and will arrive home in Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. During the four-day trip, the Senator will meet with the U.S. team leading our efforts against Ebola on the ground.

Senator Coons is bringing with him boxes of Tastykakes and Dolle's saltwater taffy to bring a taste of home to U.S. military personnel deployed there.

The trip has been carefully designed to ensure the Senator's risk of exposure to the Ebola virus is extremely low. Sen. Coons plans to visit facilities troops have just finished building, but do no yet have ebola patients.

When he returns, He will still follow CDC protocol and self-monitor for ebola symptoms for 21 days.

This is Senator Coons' third trip to Liberia. In January 2012, he traveled with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as part of the United States' official delegation to President Sirleaf's second inauguration.

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