Indiana to receive 1st Afghan evacuees as early as this week


INDIANAPOLIS — State officials say roughly 1,000 Afghanistan evacuees are expected to arrive as early as this week at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training base, where they’ll be provided temporary housing and support services before further resettlement.

R. Dale Lyles, adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard, said Wednesday that Camp Atterbury, located about 25 miles south of Indianapolis, is expected to receive approximately 5,000 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks.

Lyles says active-duty and National Guard service members will provide the Afghan evacuees with housing, medical, logistics and transportation.

They will be subject to a 14-day quarantine within Camp Atterbury to determine their medical status and visa statuses.

Watch below as Brigadier General R. Dale Lyles from the Indiana National Guard answers various questions on how these evacuees will make their way to Camp Atterbury:

What is the vetting process for these evacuees?

What happens when these evacuees arrive to Camp Atterbury?

When will they start arriving?

Brigadier Gen. Lyles has also seen an outpouring of donations and support for the Afghan refugees. Those who wish to donate can contact the Indiana National Guard by calling 317-247-3559.

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