USPS deadlines to send troops holiday packages nears
11:12 AM, Nov 28, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego's relationship with the U.S. armed forces is a close one, especially so during the holiday season.
It's important for many of our local families to continue celebrating the holidays with loved ones overseas and many times that can mean sending a simple care package.
To help families sending packages abroad, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is offering discounted rates with $17.35 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to military post office destinations worldwide.
Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available for free at USPS offices and online.
To address packages, USPS asks that senders use the following format (Service member's full name, unit number and APO/FPO/DPO address with 9-digit zip code, if assigned.):
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JANE DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021
USPS advises not to include the country name where the service member is stationed in the address, include a return address, and include the service member's name and address as well as the sender's name and address on an index card inside the package (in case the shipping label gets damaged.)