Before Hurricane Sandy even hit the Northeast, 61,000 National Guardsmen were on standbywaiting to help out civilian authorities. Now that the damage is abundant, 12,000 of them are on active-duty orders, dedicating their time to providing aid to the hundreds of thousands whose lives have been impacted by the horror storm.
Read on to learn about some of the great relief work that members of our military are doing in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:
The Defense Department has flown 17 aircraft from California to New York complete with Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve crews and power generation equipment to help with the restoration of power in the area.
The U.S. Navy is in the process of relocating three ships near the coast of New Jersey and New York including the USS Wasp, USS San Antonio, and the USS Carter Hall. The ships will be used to shelter first responders, help refuel department helicopters, and bring aboard about 250 Marines in case they are needed in the surrounding areas.
Meanwhile in West Virginia, guards are rescuing stranded motorists who got stuck in the snowy conditions.
And in New York City, 2,800 soldiers are distributing water and food provided by FEMA to residents who are in need.
These are just SOME of the great things that the U.S. military is doing to help out in the aftermath. A friend of mine who is in the Army National Guard in Connecticut told me that this type of work here at home is some of the most rewarding, and that knowing that they have the resources to help those with a serious need on our own soil is extremely fulfilling. I think we can all agree that their hard work is very appreciated.
Have you been affected by Hurricane Sandy? What do you think about the military’s relief efforts?
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