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Postal Pointers: Mail is ‘lifeline from home’ for military personnel

July 31, 2013
By KATHLEEN SWANSON , Lehigh Acres Citizen

For most men and women serving in the Armed Forces, mail from home is a lifeline, a vital connection with family and friends that helps to keep spirits high and confidence strong during difficult times.

Your Postal Service understands the importance of military mail. The U. S. Postal Service employs 108,000 military veterans, second only to the Department of Defense for the number of veterans hired.

The Postal Service goes to great lengths to ensure that military mail gets delivered to the brave men and women who are serving our country with distinction and honor.

Military mail enjoys several well-deserved advantages, whether the final destination is in the United States or overseas. Each piece that bears an APO (Army Post Office) or FPO (Fleet Post Office) address for an overseas installation costs the same to send as if it were being sent to a location within the United States.

Your military member can provide you with the complete and accurate mailing address. Make sure to use it, including the individual's grade, rank or rating, full name, group/division/ship number, and all other coding, so the Postal Service will be able to deliver your message or gift as quickly as possible.

Special Priority boxes are available for military mail - and the mailing rate is $2 less than other domestic Priority boxes.

The Postal Service also maintains retail services for many military installations, providing a convenient and inexpensive way for them to stay in touch with all of us back home.

The Postal Service is proud to help bring a little bit of home to those serving our country, no matter where they may be. And the Postal Service joins you in saluting our brave man and women in uniform.

Mr. Zip's tip

The Military Care Kit contains six Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes - two large and four medium - six address labels, one roll of tape and six custom forms.

The kit can be ordered at no charge by calling (800) 610-8734 or visiting:

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Kathleen Swanson is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.



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