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For Immediate Release
July 23, 2004

US Soldiers Help Disabled Iraqis
Fact of the Day

Thanks to a gift of wheelchairs by American soldiers in Iraq, 50 children and adults in Baghdad's Al Jihad neighborhood are enjoying new mobility and an improved quality of life. U.S. Army civil affairs troops donated the wheelchairs to the Al Jihad Neighborhood Council, which distributed them to 20 neighborhood children and 30 adults with diseases, birth defects, and disabling injuries. This initiative, part of a much larger program, will deliver wheelchairs to other regions of Iraq, as well. The same U.S. Army troops from the 1st Cavalry are collecting trash, constructing sewers and water lines, building soccer fields, and renovating buildings in Iraq.

SOURCE: United States Central Command

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