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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 392-95
July 18, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID

TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Department of Defense has announced plans to move more than 80 tons of excess DOD medical equipment, dormitory furniture, and shop equipment to help the people of the Dominican Republic. The supplies -- enough to fill four 40-foot trailers -- will be surface shipped from the Defense Logistics Agency Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa. to the Dominican city of Santo Domingo within the next three months.

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.