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SLA Extends Member Benefits for Disaster Victims

Magazine article Information Outlook

SLA Extends Member Benefits for Disaster Victims

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SLA is extending the membership benefits of dozens of members around the world who have been adversely affected by recent natural disasters of global magnitude.

The one-year extensions are being provided gratis and without request or application to SLA members living and working in U.S. Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September and those affected by the Southeast Asia tsunami of December 2004. Benefits will also be extended for members suffering due to the Pakistani earthquake of October.

SLA hasn't yet been able to determine the number of members affected by the massive earthquake there.

"We have members who have suffered horrific, cataclysmic disaster," said SLA President Pam Rollo. "They are working to rebuild the most fundamental parts of their lives. They are not positioned to access or utilize the SLA benefits they paid for, nor is that their priority.

Extending their SLA memberships symbolically extends a hand of friendship, hope, and support from their professional colleagues. …

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