California continues to send vital aid to Ukraine

The California National Guard has facilitated the shipment of protective equipment and medical supplies, with more expected in the coming weeks

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has dispatched five 50-bed field medical stations, with more in transit

SACRAMENTO – California continues to bring relief to the people of Ukraine. Since March, the state has shipped five 50-bed medical field stations along with thousands of protective gear to Ukraine.

“California has remained steadfast in its support of Ukraine since day one of Russia’s unprovoked invasion,” Governor Newsom said. “Our support will save lives and help the people of Ukraine as they endure untold atrocities, and we will continue to support Ukraine’s courageous struggle against tyranny and oppression.”

For nearly three decades, as part of the California National Guard’s State Partnership Program, members of the Guard trained members of the Ukrainian military. Together, the State National Guard and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) have worked with state, local and federal agencies to deliver medical equipment and tactical gear supplies to Ukraine. Field medical positions are offered by the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority at the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Supply kits for Ukraine Members of the California National Guard pack supplies for Ukraine

The National Guard facilitated the shipment of protective gear that includes 4,320 ballistic vests and 1,580 helmets, with additional shipments expected in the coming weeks. Additionally, OES has facilitated the transfer of PPE and five medical field stations to cities in Ukraine, and is in the process of sending two more to Ukraine in partnership with Direct Relief of Santa Barbara, for a total of seven field medical stations (350 beds).

“California is incredibly proud to stand with the people of Ukraine, as they have shown phenomenal resilience under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. We will continue to provide additional aid in the coming weeks which will be used to help save lives and treat those devastated by the ravages of war,” OES Director Mark Ghilarducci said.

“The California National Guard has formed an unbreakable bond with our Ukrainian counterparts and when the call went out to provide support and assistance when needed, we responded with overwhelming support. The guard has requested donations of tactical equipment from state National Guardsmen across the country and they have responded enthusiastically. Thanks to donations from California and other National Guard members across the country, we are able to provide those fighting in Ukraine with thousands of ballistic vests and other protective supplies,” said Gen. of Division David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General of the California National Guard. .

National Guard members pack supplies for UkraineMembers of the National Guard pose for a photo in front of supplies for UkraineMembers of the California National Guard pack supplies for Ukraine

The dispatch is the latest show of support for Ukraine following Governor Newsom’s meeting with Ukrainian Consul General in San Francisco Dmytro Kushneruk in March. At this meeting, the Governor expressed California’s solidarity with the Ukrainian community and discussed the state’s efforts to support the people and government of Ukraine. The Governor also signed a Executive Decree directing state agencies and departments to ensure that their contracts comply with the economic sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s attacks and directing their contractors to do the same, and call for state pension funds to stop the flow of state money to Russia and prohibit the purchase of Russian debt.

California and Ukraine share close ties, and the state is home to one of the largest Ukrainian populations in the country. As a state of inclusion and a beacon of hope for those seeking refuge, California will continue to be a welcoming place for refugees. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Office of Refugee Programs has more information available online for Ukrainian families and service providers.


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