A volunteer-run organization - 100% of funds raised purchase supplies and equipment for Ukrainian forces
Putting drones for reconnaissance & surveillance, and other vital non-lethal equipment into the hands of Ukrainians.
Fight Back for Ukraine in the News:
CBS covers Bill's & Elfego's mission.
An interview with the founder, Bill Daniels
All the inspired "What, Why & How" you need to know!
To view a transcript of the interview, please click here.
Fight Back For Ukraine Delivers:
112th Territorial Defense Brigade shows gratitude for the equipment.
Trauma First Aid Kits
Showcasing the comprehensive trauma first aid kits.
History rhymes. . .
By Hersch Wilson
Mark Twain wrote, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes."
I know how overwhelmed we all are right now. I, myself, have never experienced a time like this.
And I have a story that keeps me focused on helping from Loren Eiseley:
An old man was accompanying his son on a walk along the beach. They noted that thousands of starfish had been tossed up on the beach by a recent storm. As they walked, the old man picked up one starfish and threw back into ocean.
The young man asked, "What's the point of doing that? There are thousands of starfish on the beach that are going to die."
And the old man replied, "But not that one."
We can all help in small ways, whatever your cause. We can all save that one starfish.
We of course would love your help to continue our work to get supplies to the Volunteer Brigades in Ukraine. Every bit helps!
One of the mostly forgotten sagas of World War II was that in November of 1939, (a month after Germany conquered Poland) the Russian army (then the USSR) invaded Finland.
Finland was a much smaller country and the world believed that the Russians would soon overwhelm the Finns and swallow Finland into the Soviet empire.
But out-gunned and out-manned, the Finish army put up a stiff resistance and the initial attack by the Soviets ground to a halt. Winter came. With temperatures as low as 30 below Fahrenheit, the Finns held out against the Russian tanks, Artillery and fighter aircraft. The League of Nations called the invasion illegal and voted to suspend the USSR. Finally the war ended in a stalemate and a treaty was signed in March of 1940 where Finland ceded a small portion of territory. But the fact that the Russians "underperformed" lead Hitler to the decision to invade the Soviet Union the following June.
A Russian Army is again invading a sovereign nation. And that sovereign nation is again, putting up a fierce resistance. What is astonishing is that it like watching World War II play out again except with more lethal weapons.
Yet this is 2022.
By now most of us realize that this is an existential conflict. If Russian occupies Ukraine it will reshape Europe and have significant consequences for all of western democracies.
It is easy to get lost in, or find ourselves not caring about, global issues. After all, not a day goes by without a new crisis. We have been inundated, our media and our daily lives, by disruptive news: COVID, threats to democracies, and now in the United States, the possible overturning of Roe v Wade.
In times like this, times of trauma, a natural human reaction is, as a friend jokingly told me, to just go garden. There is that sense that there is nothing an individual can really do to effect the outcomes.
But there is. And it starts by thinking small.
In Ukraine the war is being fought by a combination of regular Army and then Volunteers, just like you and me, professionals, Doctors, Architects, the IT guys downstairs. The volunteers were given a few days of training and then sent off to the front wearing baseball hats, jackets and jeans carrying AK-47's.
Nato and the US are supplying the big weapons of war, but the individuals soldiers have needs that are not being met. For example, trauma packs.
When US troops go into battle not only are they trained in basic wound care, they carry individual aid kits that include things like airways, trauma bandages, IV starter kits and tourniquets. Most of the Ukrainian volunteers not only don't have the equipment, they don't have the training.
This is a story about how little things can help. My colleague (and hero) Bill Daniels has made regular supply runs to Lviv and the Ukraine border. In his supplies are medical kits.
Writing about his last Trip (May 4) he heard the story of a volunteer who had tripped a booby trap and lost both his legs. What undoubtadly saved his life was someone had tourniquets and used them. He was later transferred to a hospital.
Small things (a $10 tourniquet) save lives.
Help save lives.