Thousands of men
and women in the nationís military and diplomatic corps and in the military
are serving abroad during the holidays, and the United States Postal Service
(USPS) is a great way to stay connected with them by sending cards, letters,
presents, and care packages for the festive season.
USPS offers a
reduced price of $17.40 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail
sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post
Office) destinations worldwide, a $1.50 discount from the regular price.
USPS is expected to
process more than 16.2 million pounds of mail for these destinations this
To ensure timely
delivery of holiday wishes by Christmas, the Postal Service recommends that
cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no
later than the mailing dates listed below.
* Tuesday, Dec. 11:
cards, letters, and Priority Mail Packages.
* Tuesday, Dec. 18:
Priority Mail Express Military Service.
Free Military Boxes
USPS has created a
free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by
military families. The kit contains address labels, tape, boxes, and customs
To order the kit,
call (800) 610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items
to U.S. troops can be found at store.usps.com/store/product/shipping-supplies/military-care-kit-P_MILITARYKIT
To order Flat-Rate
Boxes featuring the ďAmerica Supports YouĒ logo, go to usps.com/freeboxes
and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at