Gov. William Donald Schaefer today announced separate proposals to help the Kuwaiti government and families of Maryland troops in the Persian Gulf.
Schaefer said he met with the Kuwaiti ambassador in Washington yesterday to propose a partnership with Maryland businesses toward the rebuilding of Kuwait after the war and to encourage Maryland doctors to offer medical assistance to Kuwait. Part of the proposal would involve setting up an office to help Kuwait coordinate the purchase of equipment and services from Maryland businesses.
The office of Ambassador Saud Nasir Sabah confirmed that Schaefer met with the ambassador yesterday but could provide no details today.
Schaefer also announced that families of Maryland troops in the gulf may call a toll-free number to determine if they are eligible for government assistance programs. Family members may call 1-800-564-9991 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. To provide more information, the administration will hold an Operation Maryland Shield Family Services Day on Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Ruhl Armory in Towson.
Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, said 462 National Guard members and 1,200 military reservists from Maryland are serving in the war effort.