WASHINGTON, D.C. (American Forces Press Service) -- Military
families have long used the U.S. Postal Service's flat-rate shipping
boxes to send care packages around the
globe. Beginning March 3, they'll get a price break.
The discount applies only to the new Priority Mail Large
Flat-Rate Box, which normally carries a $12.95 price tag for shipping.
However, when the 12-by-12-by-5.5-inch box is sent to an AFO or FPO
address, a $2 discount applies, dropping the cost to $10.95.
"This is the first time the Postal Service has offered a
special price for our armed forces serving overseas," said
Postmaster General John Potter. "We're proud that family and
friends will be able to use the new, larger-sized box to send
much-appreciated packages from home to our dedicated troops
The new boxes will be available in post offices nationwide on
March 3. Those who can't wait to start packing the boxes, however, can
order them from http://www.usps.com/supplies
beginning Feb. 20.
They're also available by calling (800) 610-8734. Some of the
new boxes carry the America Supports You logo. America Supports You is
a Defense Department program connecting citizens and
companies with servicemembers and their families serving at
home and abroad.
that the Postal Service continues
to think of ways to help Americans support our troops and their
families," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of
defense for internal communication, community relations and public
"Postage is always a concern when shipping care packages,
and this new flat-rate box means our home-front groups and supportive
citizens can do more with their resources."
"We're especially pleased that some of the boxes will bear
the America Supports You logo, reminding our servicemembers that they
have our nation's support," she added.
The boxes bearing the America Supports You logo will be
available only online or at select post offices near military bases.
All flat-rate boxes are available for international shipping, though
the discount applies only to the large flat-rate box, and only
if it's being shipped to an APO or FPO address.