Holiday Mailing Deadlines
By Family Readiness Office, 126th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published November 13, 2008
Scott AFB, Ill. --
It is not too early to start thinking about holiday cards, letters and packages destined for service members and their families stationed overseas. The U.S. Postal Service recommends sending packages early.
All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery. The U.S. Postal Service has a Military Care Kit to make it easier to mail packages overseas. The free kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734.
Another option is the Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate box introduced earlier this year. It offers a $2 discount to Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) destinations. November 13, 2008 is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all APO or FPO zip codes. December 11, 2008 is the deadline for Priority mail.
The complete list of military mailing deadlines is available at http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/localnews/in/in_2008_0916_DR.htm