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WASHINGTON — First lady Laura Bush will visit with U.S. servicemembers stationed in Germany and their children as she accompanies the president on his European visit next week.

Officials said the first lady will spend Tuesday visiting with troops and their families, starting with a tour of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl to meet with staff and wounded patients.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Bush is scheduled to speak to parents, teachers and students at Hainerberg Elementary School and General H. H. Arnold High School, both in Wiesbaden.

The first lady has championed teacher recruitment programs in the United States, including the Troops for Teachers program which encourages former servicemembers to look at classroom careers. Mrs. Bush worked as a public school teacher and librarian before she married.

On Wednesday afternoon, both Mrs. Bush and the president are scheduled travel to meet and thank members of the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, stationed in Wiesbaden.

While President Bush meets with various European leaders during the week, Mrs. Bush also is scheduled to make public appearances with the first ladies of Germany, Russia and the Slovak Republic.

She will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony for the Bratislava University Library’s InfoUSA Center in the Slovak Republic on Thursday. The new facility is designed to provide information on American history and culture.


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