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Navy announces holiday mailing dates

By Raymond Taylor

SUN Columnist

The Naval Supply Systems Command’s (NAVSUP) Postal Policy Division mail-by dates for pre-Dec. 25, delivery of holiday cards, letters and packages were announced Sept. 5.

The dates are as follows:

Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966:

• Express Mail: Dec. 17.

• First-Class Mail (letters/cards and priority mail): Dec. 10.

• Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3.

• Space Available Mail: Nov. 26.

• Parcel Post: Nov. 13.

Shore APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093:

• Express mail Military Service: N/A.

• First-Class Letters/Cards/Priority Mail: Dec. 3.

• Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 1.

• Space Available Mail: Nov. 26.

• Parcel Post: Nov. 13.

For mail addressed from all shore FPOs (except 093):

• Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17.

• First-Class Mail (Letters/cards, priority mail): Dec. 10.

• Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 3.

• Space Available Mail: Nov. 26.

Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO address, check with your local post office to determine if this service is available.

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates that are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. From overseas locations, items mailed at Parcel Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limit are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined.

It is also recommended that customers check with their local civilian or military post office for information on size restrictions and possible need for customs declaration forms. Additionally, customers are advised that certain mail restrictions apply and some items cannot be mailed. Examples are: switchblade knives, pornography, controlled substances and explosive or incendiary devices. If in doubt as to what can or cannot be sent through the mail, contact your local civilian or military post office.

As a final note, customers are cautioned that packages must not be mailed in boxes that have markings related to any type of hazardous material, such as bleach, alcohol or cleaning fluids. Parcels found by the U.S. Postal Service with such markings or labels on the outside of the box will not be processed.

The NAVSUP and Navy Supply Corps team share one mission — to deliver sustained global logistics capabilities to the Navy and Joint warfighter. NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps’ diverse team of more than 25,000 civilian and military personnel oversee a diverse portfolio, including supply chain management for material support to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and coalition partners, supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, security assistance and quality of life issues for the naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges and movement of household goods. The NAVSUP/Navy Supply Corps team forms a vast network of professionals who deliver unparalleled products and services to customers in the fleet and across the world.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

Trust Fund grant

The American Legion Trust Fund grant for 2012-2013 has been approved and the funds are now available in Archuleta County.

This is your notice that funds have been released. Ensure you apply for travel through the Veterans Administration at VAMC Albuquerque whenever possible.

Please note: The Trust Fund grant has directed a change of rules. All requests for travel/lodging reimbursement must have the following: printed copy of appointment, copy of receipt for gas payment and/or receipt of lodging payment. Payment from Trust Fund will be to the amount on receipts: no receipt — no payment. In addition, the Trust Fund will not pay past reimbursements on any travel made prior to funds being available, as it is not authorized by state law.

If a veteran is eligible for VA travel payments, no reimbursements are authorized through the Trust Fund grant.

Useful links

For further information on VA benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590, and e-mail is raytaylor@archuletacounty.org.

Meetings

The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs:

American Legion Post 108. Second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., 287 Hermosa St.

Veterans for Veterans. Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., 164 N. Pagosa Blvd. (Buffalo Inn).

Women’s Group of Spouses of Veterans. Every other Monday 6 p.m., St. Patrick Episcopal Parish Hall, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Contact Charlotte, 731-1025.

Point Man Ministry (Veterans). Every Thursday at 9 a.m., Buffalo Inn.

Important information

Durango VA Outpatient Clinic: (970) 247-2214.

Farmington VA Center: (505) 327-9684.

The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support to veterans in crisis, as well as their family and friends 24/7/365. Call (800) 273-8255, chat online or text 838255.

This story was posted on September 26, 2012.