Nebraska donates hundreds of pieces of tactical gear to help Ukraine

The people of Ukraine are putting their lives on the line to defend their country during the Russian invasion. To help, Nebraska teamed up with Iowa to help protect those fighting. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Nebraska officials are teaming up with Iowa to help protect those in Ukraine who are defending their country against Russia.

“We want to help the people of Ukraine fight this aggression. That’s why the State of Nebraska is pulling together this expired body armor to help do that,” Governor Pete Ricketts said.

The Nebraska Military Department, The State Patrol and The Department of Transportation got together to collect 550 pieces of protection from agencies across the state.

“Right now in Ukraine, body armor and helmets are the most requested thing,” Rick Dahlman, the Deputy Director of the Nebraska Military Department, said.

Equipment like tactical vests and helmets were gathered from places like the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and shipped off to Ukraine early Wednesday morning.

The gear that was donated is expired in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it won’t provide protection, something Ukrainians desperately need.

Gov. Ricketts mentioned numerous other organizations working to provide assistance within Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees.  They include:

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