John Deere, Moline, Illinois, has shipped 134,600 face shields to 49 Veterans Affairs medical centers in 27 states at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
VA’s Voluntary Service and John Deere worked to identify VA facilities in need of additional personal protective equipment.
“The department recognizes and appreciates when organizations take it upon themselves to help VA and communities, and these face shields are extremely useful,” says VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Having additional personal protective equipment on hand ensures we can supplement our efforts to protect veterans and VA healthcare providers in the face of this pandemic.”
While John Deere does not typically manufacture face shields, the agricultural utility manufacturing company was able to produce them using an open-source design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“We have provided nearly 135,000 face shields to VA to contribute to helping protect our veteran heroes,” said Kevin Blount, senior quality engineer at John Deere and chair of John Deere’s military employee resource group. “Since early April, we have manufactured more than 400,000 face shields and distributed them to health care providers, caregivers and emergency personnel across the U.S.”