SOURCE: The International Webcasting Association (IWA)

September 06, 2005 10:19 ET

Webcasters to Webcast Troop Support Group's Effort to Forward Troop Care Packages to Katrina Survivors

Operation Interdependence® (OI) Group Teams With International Webcasting Association (IWA) for Outreach Webcast as Louisiana Governor's Office Authorizes Group's Effort

Live Webcast Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 1 PM ET at www.Webcasters.org

CHANTILLY, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Operation Interdependence®, a major U.S. troop support group known for large care package shipments known as civilian rations® to troops overseas, announced it has teamed with the International Webcasting Association (IWA) for a live webcast to invite support for its effort to re-direct the group's vast infrastructure to deliver civilian rations® to Katrina survivors. After the group received authorization from the Office of Louisiana Governor to proceed with the effort, Operation Interdependence® asked the IWA to assist with a live webcast from the studios of TV Worldwide to raise awareness about the effort while providing instructions for efficient care package collection. The group, led by former military personnel renowned for expertise in logistics support, is stressing that just like in Iraq and Afghanistan, efficient distribution and delivery of materiel is integral to making sure the supplies aren't wasted.

"We are pleased to work with the IWA and TV Worldwide to help us get the word out to Americans everywhere on how they can help us get these needed supplies into Louisiana and the gulf coast areas and do it effectively," stated retired Chief Warrant Officer and OI President Albert R. Renteria. "We are tapping our resources in several states around the country to maximize efficient distribution and are pleased to be working with the Office of Louisiana Governor and other officials in the affected areas to make sure the supplies get to those who need it most. Even U.S. troops in Iraq have offered to send their care packages back to support the effort."

The event will feature representatives of Operation Interdependence® and volunteers who will discuss the organization's efforts that have recently garnered national media attention in addition to addressing specifics on how webcast viewers can help.

The IWA recently announced it was working with major Broadcasters, news organizations, ISPs, technology companies, IWA members, and relief support organizations across the country to create a live streaming media Emergency Katrina Information Portal at www.webcasters.org.

People planning to participate in the live Internet broadcast on Wednesday, September 7, 2004, should tune in online at www.webcasters.org or www.OIDelivers.org by12:45PM ET and have the free Windows Media Player installed prior to the event. Questions during the live pre-show can be directed to 703-961-9250, ext 220 or info@tvworldwide.com.

Renteria formulated the idea for the Operation Interdependence® organization during a tour of duty in the Gulf War. As part of his responsibilities, he was charged with the task of supporting the requirement to assign personnel to receive and distribute "civilian care donations" (goods donated by civilians and U.S. companies, for use by individuals stationed abroad). While supporting this requirement, he was exposed to the challenges of dividing and delivering these items to individuals, without compromising the manpower required for the particular mission's needs.

Renteria will participate via telephone along with other Operation Interdependence® personnel during the webcast.

About Operation Interdependence

Operation Interdependence® is the premier civilian-to-military delivery system® that provides a means for Americans to demonstrate their support of our deployed military forces by supplying them with the everyday items they miss. It is the only such care package delivery system that is secured and logistically sound. Most people are not aware that sending packages and messages to military troops can cause logistics and security problems for the military, detract from the mission and possibly bog down in the system and never reach the troops. Operation Interdependence® works with the military supply system, to expedite care packages to America's deployed men and women. The organization is seeking corporate sponsors, individuals and groups to supply items such as videos, games, magazines, grooming aids, and sports clippings as well as letters and messages from home. Operation Interdependence® serves as a clearinghouse for other organizations where volunteers inspect, pack and ship the civilian rations® that let America's deployed men and women know they have support from home. For more information or to join the organization's vital mission visit their website www.oidelivers.org. Since launching in December 2001, OI® has delivered over 500,000 c-rats® WITHOUT impacting military resources.

About the IWA

The International Webcasting Association (IWA) is a worldwide non-profit trade organization dedicated to the growth and development of the art, technology and commerce of webcasting and streaming media over the Internet and other networks. The IWA, headquartered in Washington, DC represents members throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia. The IWA works to keep members informed, connected, and better prepared for the changes that are an integral part of the technology

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