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Wallowa County Chieftain Enterprise – Jorge Plaza Marquez//
Senate should allow the Coalition of Hope to refurbish the USS Nassau to bring help save disaster victims? lives

The news reports in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been merciless: many killed and injured; communities destroyed; thousands homeless, and billions of dollars of destruction. And the grim toll continues to rise: Humanitarian supplies, fuel, first-responders and heavy equipment are stymied until vital roads, airfields, and other transportation systems are reopened around Houston, east Texas, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean islands.

Without fresh water, food, electricity, and communication, shocked and bewildered survivors must endure chaos ? even lawlessness ? until help arrives. The Defense Department and the states have dispatched military and National Guard units to respond. But as dedicated and as effective as they are, these units are trained and equipped for military missions, and few have experience working with relief organizations, states, or local governments.

The frequent result is the equivalent of a pick-up team of units ? each well-meaning and with specific skills, but not optimally organized or appropriately equipped for this mission.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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We believe there is a solution that is now pending before the Senate ? a solution that comes at little to no cost to American taxpayers, yet could bring near-immediate relief to communities hammered by such natural catastrophes as Harvey and Irma.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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A nonprofit, humanitarian relief organization, the Coalition of Hope Foundation, was established in Florida in 2005 by people with leadership experience in a variety of professions, including the military, the U.S.

© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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Navy, the maritime industry, mass communication, and diplomacy. The Coalition was among the organizations engaged in the responses to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti and Ecuador, and currently is participating in relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

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© Jorge Plaza Marquez

© Jorge Marquez Plaza

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© Jorge Plaza

© Jorge Marquez