Ukraine Torch | Trip 11 Update (October ’23)

This was our 11th trip for Ukraine Torch and saw four individuals traveling to Ukraine bringing supplies and training. Collectively, we brought over $30K of supplies this trip, including medical supplies & training, power generation, cold weather clothing, drones and mine removal/clearance. 

Medical Training – This trip centered around providing combat medical training (known as “Tactical Combat Casualty Care” or TCCC in military medicine). Initially, we planned to train with one of the Territorial Defense Brigades but when we arrived we were also asked to deliver training to a series of Civil Defense classes as well, which included some highly engaged/energized participants! Our USN Corpsman did an outstanding job providing life-saving medical instruction and simulated training.

Reconstruction Assistance – We also checked in on the progress of our reconstruction efforts in Chernihiv Oblast where our Navy friend has been working with a partnered organization, Repair Together, to rebuild homes in Ukrainian villages. Their passion is infectious as they know their labors will put a roof over several families’ heads this winter to stay warm!  

Partnership Building – We’ve also begun identifying where it makes sense to partner with other organizations to expand our capacity or leverage economies of scale for purchasing supplies or getting them to their final destination. We’ve now worked with Shield of Freedom in San Diego, Traveling Colonels (Washington DC) and others. The Colonels were gracious enough to build 40x IFAKs for use in our medical training program and we in turn brought them replacement supplies from the US.

Finally, we are excited to announce that we are now an officially recognized 501(c)(3)! This is an important step to scaling up the goodwill of our nation to confront the challenges facing Ukraine. Every contribution helps to save a life, provide early warning/detection or keeps a trooper equipped/protected in the trenches.

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