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Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 12:00 am

Don’t wait to send those holiday packages and letters to servicemen and women overseas. The first holiday mailing deadline is just days away.

“Make sure packages reach their destination in time for the holidays,” said Fort Wayne Postmaster Dave Kuehnert. “Mail is a great morale booster for our service members stationed around the world during the holidays. When they see packages or letters waiting for them, it brings them that much closer to family and the comforts of home.”

Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged only domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the largest Flat-Rate Priority Mail box is $12.95, but for packages to APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to only $10.95. Flat-Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com/clicknship.

The Military Care Kit, or “Mili-kit” makes it easier for military families and friends to send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. Since the inception of the Military Care Kit, the U.S. Postal Service has shipped more than 150,000 kits. The kit contains three flat rate boxes, two cube boxes, nine address labels, and 16 customs forms. This kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734. There is no charge for the kit.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations. “We cannot accept any mail addressed to ‘Any Service Member,” Kuehnert said.

The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.

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