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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 012-96
January 11, 1996

DOD TO ACCEPT BULK DONATIONS FOR U.S. FORCES IN BOSNIA

STARTING LATE FEBRUARY 1996

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that by late February it will have the capability to accept and transport bulk donations from U. S. citizens and organizations to U.S. military units in Bosnia. At present, all military logistics and transportation resources are focused on the timely provision of essential operational and life support items.

Although the DoD is not soliciting bulk donations, an increasing number of private organizations have inquired about making such donations. Lessons learned from the bulk donation process during the Gulf war have been factored into planning. The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will coordinate acceptance and transportation of bulk donations and will announce the criteria for donating items later this month. Organizations are asked to wait for this announcement and details of the program before starting a donation effort. Donor organizations will be responsible for meeting acceptance criteria and for transporting items to accepting-locations within the United States. Transportation to Bosnia, temporary storage and distribution by DoD will be on a space-available basis, at no cost to donors. Items will not be accepted unless approved through this program.

DLA presently has a 24-hour telephone recording to provide information about donations: (703) 767-5266; and will soon announce a 1-800 toll-free telephone number. Additional information and announcements will be made available on the Internet (http://www.dtic.mil/bosnia/) at the BosniaLINK home page. In addition, DLA has established an electronic bulletin board to provide answers to questions on the program, at "bosnia_donations@hq.dla.mil."

The start-up of this program in late February will not affect the ongoing shipment of small items (up to 70 pounds) to deployed individuals and units by mail service operated by the Military Postal Service Agency.