For military service members serving overseas, longing for home and family can make for an overwhelmingly emotional holiday season. Giving is a powerful reminder to our troops that we remember them, and that we appreciate our military service members.
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Holiday Mailing Deadlines For Overseas Soldiers

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For military service members serving overseas, longing for home and family can make for an overwhelmingly emotional holiday season. Participate in creating holiday cheer for our troops every year, by mailing gifts to your military servicemembers overseas, and encouraging your family and friends to support them with cards, notes and gifts during the holidays.

Giving is a powerful reminder to our troops that we remember them, and that we appreciate our military service members. For our troops, receiving our packages makes for a strong connection to home and family, so needed during the holidays

Remember these tips and dates when planning your holiday packages:

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR MILITARY MEMBERS OVERSEAS

Parcel post says you can mail parcel post 24 days before you want them to arrive in time for your celebrated holiday. But according to the Military Postal Service Agency's recommendations, parcel post packages should be mailed no later than Nov. 12 to ensure on-time delivery for Dec. 25. Be safe; mail early.

HANUKKAH BEGINS EVEN EARLIER

Hanukkah usually falls before Christmas - in 2010, the start date of Hanukkah falls Dec. 1 - so be prepared by sending your 8-days worth of parcel post Hanukkah gifts by no later than late October.

DEADLINES FOR NON-PARCEL POST PACKAGES

Deadlines for military service members sending holiday gifts home from overseas:

Space Available Mail (SAM): SAM packages to contingency locations outside of your overseas base (APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip 093) should be mailed by Nov. 20, and for other overseas military locations mailed by Nov. 26.

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL): PAL packages to contingency locations should be mailed by Dec. 1, and all other locations by Dec. 3.

Priority Mail: Priority Mail packages to contingency locations should be mailed by Dec. 4, and all other locations by Dec. 10.

First-class cards and letters: First-Class mail to contingency locations should be mailed by Dec. 4, and all other locations by Dec. 10

Express Mail Military Services: For military service members, express mail is not available to contingency locations, and the deadline for send-out to other locations is Dec. 18. Before sending a package, be sure to check with your local post office to determine if this service is available to a your desired APO/FPO/DPO address.



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