Timely tips for sending holiday mail to diplomatic citizens and deployed members of the military


By David Rupert
Special to The PREVIEW

Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their holiday mail in time is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Deadlines for Christmas delivery to U.S. military and APO/FPO depend on the destination. For most destinations, the following cutoff dates apply:

Priority packages and first-class cards and letters: Dec. 9.

Priority express mail: Dec. 16.

• The Postal Service offers a $2 discount on its largest flat rate priority box when sent to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

• USPS offers a free Military Kit consisting of: two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO flat rate boxes; two Priority Mail medium flat rate boxes; Priority Mail tape; and Priority Mail address labels.

To order the kit, call (800) 610-8734.

Always check with www.usps.com, which will provide packaging tips, prohibited items and other custom’s requirements.