U.S. military on a mission to help Nepal

The tragic crash of a U.S. military helicopter, which was carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers, was part of a humanitarian operation to help earthquake victims. It’s called Operation Sahayogi Haat, which means “Helping Hand” in Nepali.

Last month’s earthquake has left millions in Nepal in need of food, water, shelter and medicine. The United States military has been called upon to support the relief effort.

Marines from Joint Task Force 505 of the U.S. Pacific Command have been taking part in the mission. The Defense Department reported earlier this week,

U.S. Marine Huey and Osprey aircraft delivered 174,706 pounds of emergency relief supplies since Operation Sahayogi Haat began. The supplies included plastic sheeting, shelter kits, blankets, food, water and medical materials.”

The U.S. military has been working with Nepal’s government, USAID, the World Food Programme and others to deliver life-saving aid. More quakes have struck Nepal this month leaving many others in need of help.

The mission is one of great danger as revealed when the U.S military helicopter went down earlier this week in a remote, mountainous region. U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler says the soldiers lost in the crash “were determined to go forward with their duties, eager to contribute to our mission to alleviate suffering and come to the rescue of those in need.” He added, “The United States military will remain committed to our mission here in Nepal.”

The suffering people of Nepal can count on that support. The U.S. military has a long tradition of providing humanitarian aid, including massive operations during and after World War I and II which fed millions.

Read the full article at Examiner.

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