Postal Service offers discounted shipping to send holiday mail to service members

Kaylah Jackson
October 08, 2019 - 12:00 am

(Photo by Sgt. David Hodge)

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Thousands of troops will spend their holidays overseas this year but sending them a simple card or care package can offer a sense of home even when miles away.

Sending packages across the country can be tricky when you factor in complicated addresses and an influx of packages rolling in during the holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service is offering its Priority Mail Flat Rate box for a discounted price of $18.45.

Once you have the right postage and boxes, to ensure your service member receives their mail before December 25, send cards and care packages to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO) locations by these deadlines.

 

The Postal Office also provides special resources to make sending larger packages easier and more cost effective. USPS offers a reduced price Priority Mail Flat Rate Box at $17.40 for all mail sent toAPO/FPO/DPO locations around the world.

If you’re not sure which size boxes to purchase, you can also request a free “Military Care Kit” that includes frequently used care package items. To order the kit, call 800-610-8734.

The kit includes:

1.     Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Flat Rate Boxes

2.     Two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes

3.     Priority Mail tape

4.     Priority Mail address labels

5.     Appropriate customs forms

Remember, your boxes with treats and heartfelt cards won’t make it across the world if they’re labeled incorrectly. When addressing your package, write the service member’s full name, unit, and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code.

Army/Air Post Office (APO)

PVT SNUFFY JOHNSON 
PSC 3 BOX 4120 
APO AE 09021

Fleet Post Office (FPO)

SEAMAN SNUFFY JOHNSON
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120 
FPO AP 96691

Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)

SNUFFY ADAMS 
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000 
DPO AE 09498-0048

It’s not necessary to include the country where the service member is stationed, however, you will want to include their name and address as well as the return address inside the box, just in case the shipping label is damaged.

For domestic mail deadlines, send your packages by or before these dates:

To purchase postage and all other supplies, click here to visit the USPS store website. For all overseas packing and shipping guidelines for sending mail to troops, click here.

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