Holiday deadlines and address information for military packages


By David Rupert

Special to The SUN

If you have a military member overseas, when should you mail their Christmas gifts?

Space-available Surface, Nov. 25;  Parcel Airlift Mail, Dec. 3; Priority Mail, Dec. 10; Priority Mail Express, Dec.17.

The U.S. Postal Service will send you a free Military Care Kit for packages.

The Military Care Kit is based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains:

• Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO flat-rate boxes.

• Two Priority Mail medium flat-rate boxes.

• Priority Mail tape.

• Priority Mail address labels.

• Appropriate customs forms.

To order the kit, call (800) 610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at To order flat-rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo, go to

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