Military Mail Basics – APO/FPO/DPO

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Sending mail to APO – FPO – DPO addresses is the same as sending domestic mail. There are some special guidelines for Military mail that is going overseas. In this article, I will explain. How to Address Military Mail Here are examples of how to address military mail – it could be 2 or 3 lines for the address: CPT JOHN DOE UNIT 2050 BOX 4190 APO AP 96278-2050 SGT … [Read more...]

2011 Deadlines for Holiday Mail Sent to U.S. Troops Overseas

USPS deadlines for troops overseas

It's only November but time to start thinking about holiday packages for troops in overseas locations! The United States Postal Service announced their holiday deadlines for sending packages to overseas troops. If you want packages to reach your soldier in time for the holiday, be sure to adhere to the deadlines. Mail is very slow to overseas locations during the holiday … [Read more...]

Tips for Soldier Care Packages in Cold Weather

winter in afghanistan

The hot weather in Afghanistan and Iraq is winding down and the freezing cold is ready to settle in. In Afghanistan, winter sets in near the end of November and snow is common across much of the country. Winter is harsh across the country with temperatures going below zero. Spring starts again in March. The climate in Afghanistan varies according to altitude, due to the … [Read more...]

Tips for Care Packages in Hot Weather

care packages in hot weather

It's that time of year again! Temperatures are starting to warm up in Afghanistan where weather ranges from the cold winters months of 17 degrees F. to the summer heat of 113–130 + degrees F. Almost no rain falls from June to October. The lower parts of the country have a semi-arid or desert climate. Summers are sunny and hot, except in the higher mountains. Sunshine amounts … [Read more...]

A Little Slice of Home

postcards for troops

I was walking at the beach one day, not far from where my son lived before joining the Army. He loved being near the ocean and I was thinking of him that day. So I stopped in the store and picked up a postcard and addressed it with a quick note to let him know I was at his old stomping grounds -- far from the cold, landlocked, and mountainous Afghanistan that he now calls … [Read more...]