Saved by the Box

U.S. soldiers assigned to the Army’s 82nd Sustainment Brigade are taking an unconventional, though much needed, approach to saving lives in Afghanistan.

The unit is helping the drawdown effort by sorting through medical supplies in the Medical Retrosort Yard on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, to ensure items aren’t left behind or wasted. However, some items aren’t worth shipping back to the U.S. but are still perfectly good.

In these cases, the soldiers donate the medical supplies to local Afghan citizens who would normally be unable to afford them. This option prevents waste, helps ensure area citizens will be able to meet basic medical needs once U.S. troops return home and promotes multi-national cooperation.



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