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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 069-96
February 08, 1996

DLA NOW ACCEPTING APPROVED BULK DONATIONS FOR U.S. FORCES IN BOSNIA

The Defense Logistics Agency announced today that it's now accepting approved bulk donations for U.S. Forces in Bosnia. All donations must be approved prior to acceptance by the European Command (EUCOM). Program details are available by calling (703) 767-5266 or 1-800-841-0937; and via e-mail at: bosnia_donations@hq.dla.mil.

Until recently, the agency has been limited to its primary mission of providing essential operational and life support items to U.S. Forces supporting Operation Joint Endeavor. Now opportunities exist to accommodate the transport of donations on a space-available basis. DLA's program will allow organizations and businesses to donate large quantities of items to U.S. Forces for such transport at no cost to the donor organizations. Donors, however, are responsible for donation delivery to designated DoD facilities, after being approved for acceptance.

Because all bulk donations must be individually and specifically approved by EUCOM in advance before they can be accepted, potential donors are urged to discuss proposed donations with DLA before starting a collection effort.

To assist, DLA has established the Bosnia Donations Office to coordinate the acceptance and transportation of bulk donations. Just as it did during Operation Desert Storm, the office will provide potential donors with information regarding suggested and most popular items, prohibited items, the acceptance process, and preparation of shipments.

Callers to the Bosnia Donations Office may receive recorded information concerning acceptable and unacceptable material donations, any-service-member mail addresses, monetary donations, and potential bulk donations. They may also leave messages with any questions concerning donations.

As demand increases, the Bosnia Donations Office's phone lines will be staffed, during regular business hours, with individuals able to answer specific questions about the bulk donations program.

DLA emphasizes that the bulk donations shipped through this program are for U.S. Forces only. Persons or groups wishing to donate items to the residents of Bosnia may contact Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA), an Arlington, Virginia organization that tries to match donations with private volunteer groups. VITA can be reached at (703) 276-1800.

For more information contact Sharon Gavin, DLA Public Affairs, (703) 767-6181.