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October 22, 2010

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Postal holiday mailing deadlines nearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Postal Service) — Ensuring care packages arrive in time for the holiday season is a priority for friends and Family members of military personnel serving around the world.

The recommended mailing date for parcel post, which often is the most-economical rate, to overseas military destinations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, is Nov. 12.

To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to servicemembers overseas, the Postal Service recommends that mail be sent no later than by the following military mailing deadlines to Army Post Office (APO)/Fleet Post Office (FPO) AE Armed Forces (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Canada or contingency area) ZIP codes:

Space available mail: Must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Nov. 20. To all other APO/FPO AE ZIPS by Nov. 26.
Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL): Must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Nov. 20. To all other APO/FPO AE ZIPS by Nov. 26.

Priority Mail: Must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Dec. 4. To all other APO/FPO AE ZIPS by Dec. 10.
First-Class Mail Letters and Cards: Must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Dec. 4. To all other APO/FPO AE ZIPS by Dec. 10.

Express Mail Military Service will have the following deadlines: APO/FPO AE ZIP 093, not available. To all other APO/FPO AE ZIPS by Dec. 18.

To encourage overseas mailings to servicemembers, mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service to overseas military addresses is charged only domestic mail prices.

For online ordering of the large Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo and information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations, go to Supporting Our Troops at the website http://www.usps.com/supportingourtroops.

Mail addressed to military Post Offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling. APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms. To see an online table of updated APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO ZIP Codes, go to the website http://www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2010/pb22294/pdf/pullout.pdf, select “Pull-Out Information” and click on “Other Information.”

Members of the Fort McCoy community can have all of their unofficial or personal mailing needs, including overseas services, taken care of by going to the Unit Post Office, building 1649. The facility offers most mailing services, including mailing letters, cards and smaller packages. The facility only can accept cash or checks.

The post office is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and closed weekends and holidays. For more information, call 608-388-3825.

The Fort McCoy Shipping and Services Center, co-located with the Unit Post Office in building 1649, provides shipping services for larger packages.

The facility is open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is closed weekends and federal holidays. For more information, call 608-269-6969. Both of these facilities are contracted operations.

Members of the Fort McCoy community who need to send official mail or mail for governmental purposes should visit the Official Mail and Distribution Center, which is located in the back of building 1654.

For more information about these services, call 608-388-3205.

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