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Camp Atterbury designated as temporary housing site for Afghanistan refugees

Afghan evacuees arrive Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, as 1st Cavalry Division soldiers watch in Indianapolis. Hoosiers will host the Afghans at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Indiana, as they begin their safe resettlement to the United States with Indiana National Guard soldiers will providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening and logistics support as part of Operation Allies Welcome.
Afghan evacuees arrive Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, as 1st Cavalry Division soldiers watch in Indianapolis. Hoosiers will host the Afghans at Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Indiana, as they begin their safe resettlement to the United States with Indiana National Guard soldiers will providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening and logistics support as part of Operation Allies Welcome.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense approved Camp Atterbury, near Edinburgh, Indiana, as a temporary housing site for Afghanistan refugees, according to an Indiana National Guard press release. 

The Indiana National Guard supports Camp Atterbury, which functions as a training site for the military and civilians, according to the Indiana National Guard’s website. 

The camp, located 40 miles south of Indianapolis, will provide temporary housing for Afghan refugees. It is unknown when the refugees will arrive, according to the release.

The housing site was approved in support of Operation Allies Refuge, an airlift of Afghan interpreters and other personnel who aided the U.S. military, according to a Newsweek story. Individuals who helped the U.S. military are in danger of retaliation from the Taliban. 

The U.S. has helped over 114,000 people evacuate Afghanistan since Aug. 14. White House Administration officials believe about 80,000 Afghans are eligible to come to the United States, according to a Politico story. 

People eligible to come to the United States include individuals with a special immigrant visa, U.S. citizens, green card holders and other forms of humanitarian relief, according to CNN

Task Force Atterbury consists of active-duty and National Guard service members who will provide services such as housing, medical assistance and transportation, according to the release.

The camp joins Fort Pickett, Marine Corps Base Quantico and multiple military bases in five other states to provide temporary housing and support for up to 50,000 people from Afghanistan, according to the release.

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