Cost of protecting a Ukrainian soldier

Spirit of America is delivering lifesaving assistance into the hands of Ukrainian troops and civilian volunteers defending freedom on the front lines. When Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine, ordinary citizens, became soldiers overnight – many of them had nothing more than knee pads for protection. We are outfitting Ukrainian defenders with protective gear to help shield them from Russian fire as they bravely resist oppression.

The total cost of outfitting one soldier with this lifesaving equipment is $1,343. Here is a cost breakdown for each item:

  • Ballistic helmet – $353
  • Bulletproof vest – $848
  • Fully stocked individual first aid kit – $142

All of the equipment we source is top-of-the-line, military-grade gear. Our team in Virginia inserts two bulletproof plates into each individual kevlar vest before shipment to Ukraine. All of the first aid kits are fully stocked with items such as tourniquets, gauze, bandages, trauma shears, rubber gloves, surgical tape, nasal airway tubes, and more.

But that’s not all – we are also sending ready-to-eat meals (MRE’s), communications equipment, and other non-lethal tactical gear to the front lines. Each shipment of aid is loaded onto a Boeing 777 that costs $600,000 to charter. The planes are packed to the brim with supplies, leaving no wasted space. Our goal is to send a Boeing 777 loaded with lifesaving assistance every two weeks.

We have already sent four planeloads of assistance to Ukrainian soldiers and civilian volunteers. With your help, we will continue to fill planes with lifesaving assistance for Ukrainian defenders. Whether you can give $1,343 or $13, every little bit helps. Join us in taking Ukraine’s side and defending freedom against Russian oppression.

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Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

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No endorsement of Spirit of America by the US Department of Defense, Department of State, or US personnel is intended or implied.

Registered 501(c)(3). EIN: 20-1687786

“You don't have to wear a uniform to serve the nation.™” and “Patriotism without politics.™” are trademarked by Spirit of America.

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