Rep. Brian Baird met with U.S. and Iraqi officials and checked in on troops from Washington state over Memorial Day weekend.

Baird, a Democrat from Vancouver, was joined by Democratic Rep. Lincoln David of Tennessee during Sunday's visit.

Baird says he wanted to see firsthand what the troops face and to hear from military commanders and Iraqi authorities on what they need.

Baird and Davis attended a commanding general's battle assessment update before meeting with medical personnel at a U.S. combat support hospital, where they discussed combat mental health issues.

They later met with soldiers of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, where they spoke with troops from Tennessee and Washington.