The Department of Defense has announced plans to move more than 80 tons of
excess DOD medical supplies and equipment to help the people of the Jamaica.
The items will be airlifted from the Defense Logistics Agency Depot in
Mechanicsburg, Pa. to the Jamaican capital of Kingston by the end of this
month, where they will be used to support the National Youth Services and
Special Training and Empowerment Programs.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs
(HRA) 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 (HAP) 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 1994, HAP completed 72
humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisition
value of $66.5 million.