THE YEAR OF 2014
Through the efforts of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bloomingdale, IL and the Ukrainian American Veterans Post 32, Chicago Illinois, much needed help is about to arrive in the war-torn areas of Ukraine. Over 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers have been injured during the undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine. In order to help some of the most seriously injured, these groups coordinated efforts and gathered 20 wheelchairs, 2 motorized wheelchairs, 10 walkers, multiple sets of crutches and other medical supplies from donors throughout the Chicagoland area. The UAV was kind enough to take up donations in order to ship these supplies to Ukraine. In addition Ukrainian business man Bohdan Buchwak who owns MEEST shipping co. donated the remainder necessary to ship these items. The items were shipped to St. Michael's Monastery where they will then be distributed directly to The Irpin Military Hospital, just outside of Kyiv where soldiers from the ATO are brought for treatment and rehabilitation. A portion of the wheelchairs will also be taken directly to the mobile military hospitals in the Luhansk and Donets regions. "We want to make sure that those that lost limbs, have the proper equipment for mobility".
From Left to Right: John Jaresko (President St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Parish), Jerry Pocztar, Adam Buhun (Quartermaster), Peter Wlasenko, Walter Chyterbok (Finance Officer), John Steciw, John Martyn, Father Victor Poliarny, Peter Bencak (Commander ), Michael Bodnar, Adam Yurkiw (Historian/Chaplain), Michael Hrycyk (Public Relation/Web Master), Walter Nalywajko (Adjuntant), George Diachenko, Bohdan Pawluk, Jerry Sydorenko.