An aerial view of the flooding at the Camp Ashland, Nebraska on March 17, 2019. The levee to the north of the camp broke and water from the swollen Platte River poured thousands of gallons of water into the low-lying area trapping vehicles on the high ground and damaging buildings. (Nebraska National Guard/Staff Sgt. Herschel Talley)
Offutt Air Force Base wasn't the only U.S. military installation engulfed by the floodwaters that have spread across the Midwest.
Camp Ashland, a major regional Army National Guard education and training facility that sits on the banks of the Platte River in eastern Nebraska, has been rendered non-operational after being deluged by rising floodwaters, Nebraska National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes told Task & Purpose.
"I've been in the armed forces for 33 years, 29 with the Nebraska National Guard," Hynes said. "I've never seen an emergency like this in my time, and nobody I know has ever seen anything of this scope."
For rural veteran Mickey Ireson, appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs are a source of apprehension and stress, rather than relief. In early April, the former Marine infantryman received a call from the VA telling him that his evaluations for mental health and dental work had been scheduled at the Omaha, Nebraska, office.