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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The U.S. Postal Service wants to ensure
holiday packages and letters reach military personnel serving around the world
by Dec. 25.
The following information comes from a U.S.P.S. news release:
Postal Service offers a discount on its
largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box
discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office,
Fleet Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, according to
a news release.
Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are free at
local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and
customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship.
The Postal Service recommends sending cards
and packages to those overseas no later than the following mailing dates to ensure
delivery by Christmas:
Military Mail Addressed
To and From
Priority Mail Express
Military Service (PMEMS)1
Letters and Cards
Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092
APO/FPO AE ZIP 093
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098
APO/FPO AA ZIP 340
APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966
is available to selected military /diplomatic post offices. Check with your
local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO
2 PAL is a
service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available
basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in
weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must
be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent
by PAL service.
Use the Military Care Kit to
Send Presents and/or Care Packages
With Priority Mail supplies as the packaging of choice for families preparing
care packages for service members overseas, the Postal Service created a free
"Military Care Kit" based on the items most frequently requested by military
The kit contains:
- Two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes
- Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes
- Priority Mail tape
- Priority Mail address labels
- Appropriate customs forms
To order the kit, call (800) 610-8734. Guidelines
for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm.
To order flat-rate boxes featuring the "America Supports You" logo, go to store.usps.com.
Addressing the Package
- Write out the service members full name in the
- Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address
with the 9-digit ZIP Code if one is assigned.
- Include a return address.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars
for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services
to fund its operations.