HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The National Guard has announced that it cannot logistically accept donations of any kind for its members in Washington DC prior to the presidential nomination.
More than 20,000 National Guard personnel from 30 states have been assigned to the nation’s capital amid threats of violence following the breach at the United States Capitol last week.
Images shared online and on the news show guards resting on the floor of the Capitol building, however, Major Scott Drugo of the Virginia National Guard said they were resting between shifts and the public should not be made to believe that the floor was their sleeping quarters.
“They put us in hotels and we have three meals a day so that no one is starving,” Drugo said.
Drugo is from Harrisonburg and has been deployed to Washington, DC, where he assists the National Guard public affairs team.
Despite an online movement to fundraise and collect donations, Drugo echoed the National Guard Press release who said security staff worked in shifts and rested when they could while others stood guard.
Accepting donations, Drugo said, would be a feat in itself and just not logistically possible, but he and others are expressing their gratitude for the well-meaning intentions.
“We appreciate the many online offerings from local communities and we are totally there for the community,” Drugo said. “Without this community support, we would not be the force that we are. “
Overall, Drugo said morale among members of the National Guard was good. ” Everything works well. We have beds. We’re well taken care of, but we really appreciate the audience trying to lean forward and help us, ”he said. “We have everything planned for now. “
Drugo added that people should stay home and avoid Washington DC because “the traffic is going to be a fiasco and we would like to reduce the crowds to keep the peace and quiet.”
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