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Release No: 447-95
August 16, 1995


The Department of Defense has announced plans to move more than 152 tons ofmixed medical and dental supplies and equipment to help the people of theArgentina. The supplies -- enough to fill eight 40-foot trailers -- will besurface shipped from the Defense Logistics Agency Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa.to the Argentine city of Buenos Aires for distribution through the AmericanEmbassy.

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

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

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