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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 614-96
October 30, 1996

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY ACCEPTING HOLIDAY DONATIONS FOR OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR TROOPS

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is now accepting approved bulk donations--items weighing 70 pounds or more--for U. S. troops serving in Bosnia during the coming holiday season. Most of those troops, about 7,500, will be members of the Covering Force. Another 2,500 personnel from the current U. S. forces involved in Bosnia will also remain in country.

The agency's primary mission is to provide essential operational and life support items to U. S. forces. The logistics pipeline to personnel serving in Operation Joint Endeavor now, however, can accommodate donated items on a space available basis.

All bulk donations must be approved in advance of acceptance. Donors should first call DLA's toll-free number, 1- 800-841-0937, for donation approval, and to receive specific instructions on the packing, marking and shipping of their donations. Donors are responsible for delivering their items to the designated Department of Defense facilities. Donations must be received by the designated DoD facilities no later than December 6, 1996. The donated items will then be shipped to the troops at no cost to the donor.

The DLA donation office will provide potential donors with a list of suggested and most popular items, as well as information on items that are unacceptable. Prohibited items include: firearms, alcoholic beverages, combustibles, pornographic materials, perishable foods, glass/breakable containers, home- baked products, books, newspapers and magazines.

Donors should note that donations cannot be sent to specific individuals, units or locations. This does not, however, preclude donors from sending specifically-addressed donations directly, using their own shipping agents.

Donations to Operation Joint Endeavor cannot be tracked, nor can information be provided regarding the recipient of the donated items. If for any reason a donation cannot be delivered to the Bosnia region, it will be sent to U. S. military personnel serving elsewhere.

The Department of Defense also is authorized to accept monetary donations for use by the Department. Donors wishing to make a financial contribution should contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at (703) 607-0918 for further details.

Additional information regarding this press release may be obtained from DLA public affairs, (703) 767-6200.


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