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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh is leading an effort to distribute vitamins to all 8,000 members of the Kentucky National Guard.

It’s called “Operation Vital Nutrients.”

Ward-Pugh says the program is being launched in conjunction with the National Foundation for Women Legislators, which wants to extend the effort to all 50 states.

The vitamins come from a non-profit organization called Nourish America, headed by Michael Morton.

“The guard is deployed into harm’s way in the service of our nation to protect us and our priveliges and our freedom, but they don’t always have the same degree of training that other troops in the other armed services do. Yet they show up, they make a volunatary choice to step up and serve,” Morton said.

Morton says each Guard soldier will receive a year’s supply of multi-vitamins.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."