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 "firstname.lastname@example.org."
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.