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Southern Illinois man returns home after 100 days in Ukraine 

by Aaron Price
by Aaron Price

6/22/2022 | 7:30 p.m.

MARION - A Southern Illinois man has returned home after spending nearly 100 days overseas helping with the fight in Ukraine.

We first brought you the story of David Brymer back in March, when he first volunteered along with several others to assist in the war-torn country.

Brymer started his journey in the Eastern portion of Ukraine near the city of Lviv, where the medics were trained on how to provide assistance adequately to those injured and in need of help.

"I had served previously with the American and Israeli military, so I had some experience, but I really didn't know what to expect when we first got to Ukraine," he said.

Despite reports of the conflict from national media, Brymer says being on the ground tells a much different story.

"We had been all around the country throughout the last several months, and there was a lot of bad, but a lot of good too. In short, everything you hear on social media may not necessarily be what is actually happening," Brymer said.

"You see the best of humanity and the worst of humanity at the same time," he continued.

Brymer says the Ukrainian people are still in need of desperate help and specific medical equipment. He says the best way you can help is by donating money to the effort.

"There are so many ways that you can donate, whether that be with the appropriate medical supplies or just with simple money. Anything helps."

For now, Brymer says he plans to return to Ukraine soon to continue assisting in their fight against Russia. "If there's one thing I've learned, it's that the Ukrainian people will not go down without a fight, and we'll be there to help every step of the way."


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