Mail Call – Boosting Troop Morale

By on December 4, 2009 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Any soldier will tell you mail call is an important part of military life, whether they’re serving at a base in the United States or on foreign soil.

I just learned about a wonderful way to remember soldiers any time of the year. It won’t cost a cent, only a few minutes of your time, but is a wonderful way to send thanks to our troops serving overseas.

Visit this web site www.LetsSayThanks.com. Here you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier who is currently serving in the Middle East.

You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

“My cousin is serving her second tour of duty in Iraq right now,” said Christine Schneider, a marketing assistant with Conservation Services Group. “She always tells me how great it is when soldiers receive thank you notes and how much it means to them.”

Mailing a Holiday Greeting or Package?

Mailing deadlines are fast approaching if you want your greeting to arrive by December 25.

If you are sending a card, letter or package to APO/FPO AE ZIP Code 093, December 4 is the First-Class Mail and Priority Mail deadline. Express Mail service is not available to this location.

For all other APO/FPO AE, AA and AP addresses, the First-Class Mail and Priority Mail deadline is December 11. The Express Mail Military Service deadline is December 18.

Priority Mail and Express Mail shipping supplies are free at any Post Office or online at usps.com.

The best bargain for mailing packages is the Priority Mail APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box that provides a $2 discount for APO/FPO destinations — from $13.95 to $11.95. If you print the label online, the price is $11.50 and you’re immediately directed to a simple customs form. You can also request Carrier Pickup from you home or office while online.

Although there are special APO/FPO boxes available, regular Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Boxes also receive the same discounts if mailed to an APO/FPO address.

The Postal Service expects to process more than 30 million pounds of mail destined for overseas military installations this holiday season including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another plus is USPS is offering free Military Care Kits, designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by calling 800-610-8734.
Or Click here to order Priority Mail APO/FPO Large Flat Rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo and to get detailed information on mailing letters and packages to military destinations.

Don’t know anyone serving overseas?

Ask around. Many veterans’ organizations and service groups send packages to soldiers serving overseas and can always use help, donations or money for postage.

You also can check the website anysoldier.com. Thousands of men and women representing their units write what they are in need of and how many men and women they are representing.

Or involve a school, church youth group, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, your book club or civic organization and start a letter writing campaign. On the anysoldier.com website, it is pointed out what these men and women serving our nation want more than anything is letters.

Yes, it’s the season of decorating and shopping and baking. It’s also the season of remembering those who will not be with family and friends this holiday season. Write a letter, send a package and thank a soldier.

© 2016 Marilyn Jones. All rights reserved. This article may not be reproduced without express written consent from Marilyn Jones.

About the Author

Marilyn Jones has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently a freelance feature writer specializing in travel. Her articles have appeared in major newspapers including the BostonGlobe, Akron Beacon Journal and Chicago Sun-Times as well as regional travel magazines.

Visit her website at travelwithmarilyn.com

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