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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 579-95
October 30, 1995

DOD TO TRANSPORT HUMANITARIAN AID TO LATVIA

The Department of Defense has joined with the State Department and H. Victory Limited, a private industry, to move more than 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment to help the people of Latvia. The items will be shipped within the next 90 days from their place of storage in Denver, Colo., to Hospital #7 in Riga, Latvia, for further distribution to other health units in the surrounding area.

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 1994, HAP completed 72 humanitarian shipments to more than 39 countries with an estimated acquisition value of $66.5 million.