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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 101-08
October 06, 2008

DoD To Recognize AbilityOne Program

            Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will host a ceremony to honor participants in the AbilityOne Program in the Pentagon Conference Center room B6 at 1p.m. EDT on Oct. 8, 2008.
 
            The AbilityOne Program is a Federal initiative that works with private and public organizations to generate employment opportunities for Americans who are blind, or who have other disabilities. Nearly 43,000 individuals work under this program, including more than 1,300 wounded military veterans. The Department of Defense is the largest customer of this program, procuring more than $1.3 billion each year in goods and services, to include laundry services, uniforms, office supplies, and grounds maintenance.
 
            Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the Pentagon.

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