Nebraska National Guard volunteer to help cattle in the wake of historic flood

Last month’s historic floods in the Midwest have now led to historic missions for the Nebraska National Guard.

Troops have been using Chinook helicopters to deliver hay to cattle who were misplaced by the flood waters who either cannot get to their feed, or their rancher cannot get to them.

So far, the National Guard has flown five missions, and all of the hay they are dropping has been donated.

“It’s kind of pay it forward deal,” Kansas farmer Ted Swafford said. Swafford drove three hours from Kansas to deliver ten bales.

“I’m born in Nebraska, a farm and ranch kid,” Major William McGreer with the Nebraska National Guard said. “So to be able to help in this way, it hits home for me too, understanding the needs that they have.”

Farmers call their effort, fittingly, “Hay From Heaven.”

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