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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 376-95
July 12, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO POLAND

The Department of Defense has joined forces with Sister Cities International and In Touch Mission International to move more than 21 tons of move humanitarian supplies from communities in Iowa, Ohio, and Texas to help the people of Poland. All supplies are destined for surface shipment within the next 90 days.

Included in the shipments are more than 17,000 pounds of educational and medical supplies collected by SCI and located in Tyler, Texas. Additionally, ITMI will provide more than 25,000 pounds of wheelchairs, crutches and walkers from locations in Rock Valley, Iowa and Canton, Ohio.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs (HRA) Patricia L. Irvin said the Department, in cooperation with other government agencies and within the limits of its resources, understands and strives to fulfill its responsibility to help alleviate suffering throughout the world. She said the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) is often the most economical means available to local charitable organizations to transport donated goods to foreign countries for humanitarian purposes.

Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethal excess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meet humanitarian needs worldwide. Over the past two years, 370 transportation missions have been accomplished to more than 50 countries.

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