Perry visits Guard members in Iraq

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry flies home to Texas later this week after spending time in Iraq with military personnel.

Perry over the weekend visited with 4,000 soldiers from the Texas Army National Guard deployed to the region.

Perry says of the soldiers: "Their spirits are high. The morale is high."

He made the comments during a telephone interview yesterday from Kuwait.

Perry joined the governors of Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois and Nevada on a trip with members of the Department of Defense.

The delegation left Friday from Washington.

Perry, whose trip included stops in Baghdad and other areas, said he noticed big differences in the country since his past trips to Iraq, once in January and another in 2006.

He said Iraqis were living more normal lives now, visiting parks and driving through traffic.

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