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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 449-95
August 16, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID

TO THREE CARRIBEAN NATIONS

The Department of Defense has joined forces with several individual, civic, andreligious organizations to move more than 16-and-a-half tons of medicalsupplies and equipment, tents and furniture to help people in the Caribbeannations of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica.

The medical supplies and equipment, which make up the bulk of the donations,are being contributed by Direct Relief International, Santa Barbara, Calif.,and the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, Hartland, Wis. The items are destinedto be airlifted a clinic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Hospital St.Croix in Legane, Haiti.

More than 14,800 pounds of furniture and tents are being provided courtesy ofMr. George Jaeger, Middlebury, Vt., and Food for the Poor, Inc., Deerfield,Fla. The furniture will eventually find its way into the halls or Holy TrinitySchool in Port Au Prince, Haiti; while the tents are destined for the GirlGuides Association of Jamaica in Kingston.

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.