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Army 2nd Lt. Justin Lee, a platoon leader assigned to the 104th Medical Company Area Support, Maryland National Guard, April 9, with Celia Goughenour, director of nursing for Crofton Care and Rehabilitation Center in Crofton, Md. DLA delivered $67 million of personal protective equipment to more than 15,000 nursing homes around the U.S., with a second shipment planned.

The Defense Logistics Agency is shipping a second, 7-day supply of personal protective equipment to support staff and residents at more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, after completing delivery of $67 million worth of equipment last month.

“We do things, in terms of support to nursing homes and at-risk populations across the U.S., that no one else does, and I know everyone at DLA Troop Support takes that solemn obligation and responsibility very seriously,” said Army Brig. Gen. Gavin Lawrence, DLA Troop Support commander.

The contract is for 1.25 million pairs of protective eyewear; 13.2 million medical gowns; 14.6 million medical masks; and 66.27 million pairs of nitrile gloves, and kit assembly and delivery in two phases.

The final shipment of phase one went out June 10, and shipments for phase two began June 17.

Bill Seltzer, administrator of The Waters of Winchester, a nursing home in Winchester, Tenn., said he appreciates DLA’s support.

“The kits were very helpful. There was a recognition of a lack of PPE at the front end of (the pandemic), and the supplies we received helped us tremendously,” he said. “It gave us time to get our steady-state supply up to where it’s needed for everyday operation.”