ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces receive their presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world and for the U.S. Postal Service.
“We want to remind our customers about these important mailing dates,” said Rockford Postmaster
Steve Webb. “This will help ensure cards, letters and packages arrive in time for the holidays.”
Helping to get packages on their way, the Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.
In addition to a lower cost per package, customers can be assured that shipping with the Postal Service
provides reliable, trusted and secure delivery to military personnel stationed anywhere in the world.
Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices, or can be ordered online at
shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.
To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/ DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed in the attached document.
With Priority Mail supplies as the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the Postal Service created a free “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families.
The kit contains:
To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm. To order flat-rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo, go to store.usps.com.
To address the package, follow the instructions below:
1. Write out the service members full name in the address
2. Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:
CPT JOHN DOE
UNIT 2050 BOX 4190
APO AP 96278-2050
SGT ROBERT SMITH
PSC 802 BOX 74
APO AE 09499-0074
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
FPO AP 96667-3931
MSG JANE DOE
APO AA 09045-1000
3. Include a return address.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations