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Release No: 612-95
November 17, 1995


The Department of Defense has joined forces with the Counterpart Foundation to move more than 75 tons of blankets, medical supplies, and equipment to help the people of the Ukraine. Within the next 30 days, the items will be shipped from their place of storage near Washington, D.C., to Dover Air Force Base, Del., where they will be flown via C-5A to the Ukrainian capital of Kyyiv (Kiev).

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs 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 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. In fiscal year 1995, HAP completed 89 humanitarian shipments to more than 47 countries with an estimated acquisition value of $86 million.

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