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DoD Accepts Donations for Bosnia Service Members

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 1996 – DoD announced today it will accept and transport bulk donations from U.S. citizens and organizations to U.S. military units in Bosnia. Defense officials said the program will begin next month.

The Defense Logistics Agency has a 24-hour telephone recording to provide information about donations, (703) 767-5266. There is also a toll-free number, (800) 841-0937.

Officials said DoD is not soliciting donations. However, private organizations are asking to make contributions. Thousands of individuals and groups sent service members donations during the Persian Gulf War. These included sunscreen and snacks.

However, Defense Logistics Agency spokeswoman Pat Miller said the agency is not promoting Desert Storm examples. She said many items donated for Southwest Asia won’t apply in Bosnia. By publicizing the Persian Gulf contributions, Miller said groups may send items not needed in the Balkan region.

Currently, the military is focusing on getting essential shipments to forces in the Balkans. Once this effort is far enough along, the Defense Logistics Agency will ship contributions.

The Defense Logistics Agency will receive and transport donations. Once the program begins, groups or individuals must transport the donations to stateside shipping points. Transportation to Bosnia, temporary storage and distribution by DoD will be space-available, at no cost to donors.

More information and announcements will be available on the Internet (http:/www.dtic.dla.mil/bosnia/)at the BosniaLINK home page. In addition, the logistics agency is establishing an electronic bulletin board to answer questions. The e-mail address to that bulletin board is bosnia_donations@hq.dla.mil.

The program will not affect postal shipments of small items -- up to 70 pounds -- to service members and units by the Military Postal Services Agency.

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