Retired military, Michigan business leaders join to offer aid to Ukranians

Detroit Free Press

April 16, 2022

Michigan business leaders, retired military join to offer humanitarian aid to Ukrainians 

Carol Cain 

Free Press Business Columnist  – reprinted/shared with permission from the Detroit Free Press

As soon as shots were fired by Russian troops at innocent Ukrainians a few weeks ago, retired Maj. Gen.  Gregory Vadnais, a former adjutant general for the state of Michigan, swung into action to help those on the front lines. 

Having spent time in the past working with the Latvian military, he knows the region and military issues well. He still has contacts there and is working with them, as well as businesses and organizations here, to raise money for humanitarian efforts to purchase and deliver desperately needed supplies like helmets, body armor and medical kits to help the civilian volunteer Territorial Defense Forces, which formed in Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s takeover of nearby Crimea some years ago.   

The Free Ukraine campaign was launched in Michigan with a goal of raising $1.5 million to buy needed supplies and just passed the $108,000 mark. Everyone is donating their time and 100% of funds donated go toward purchasing supplies, according to the campaign website. Contributions are tax deductible. 


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