In 1975, as the fall of Saigon is imminent, President Ford authorizes Operation Babylift, a mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the U.S. and other countries. The first plane from Operation Babylift bound for Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines crashes, killing 138 people on board, most of whom are children. LFSRM is asked to assist with emergency placement of 34 of the survivors. These 34 children are place in 18 homes over the course of 2 days. During that same year, Lutheran Refugee Service (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) contacts LFS to begin resettlement of refugees beyond the children from Operation Babylift. LFSRM hires a full-time Refugee Coordinator and in 1976 opens its first office in the Pikes Peak Region.

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