While most of us were spending time with our family on Christmas, waking up in our own beds, and in some cases spending the entire day there binge-watching Netflix, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman was with our troops in Afghanistan.

On Christmas Day, Coffman joined in with Colorado service members for a Christmas breakfast and also met with Commander General John Nicholson, Jr., who is the support commander for operation “Resolute Support.” Later in the day, he visited Forward Operating Base Fenty and served lunch to service members.

On Christmas Eve, he also had his meal with deployed Colorado service members at Camp Arifjan.

“It was an honor for me to spend Christmas with our men and women in uniform, and to meet diplomatic staff deployed in the region” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. “Any opportunity I have to thank those serving on the front lines for their sacrifices and service to our nation is an opportunity I cherish.”

There was little news coverage of Coffman’s visit with the troops, but that doesn’t mean they are forgotten. Thank you for letting them know in person, Mr. Coffman, that their work is vital to the security of our nation.