Post # 1
Sorry, I don’t know anyone who is deployed, so I’m sorry if my title is weird. I don’t know the lingo. ETA: I fixed the title. For some reason, I kept thinking deployed MILITANTS… which doesn’t sound right. Duh!! Then I saw deployed soldiers.
Anyway, the DH has a close friend who is a marine and currently deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq. Sorry, I can’t remember where he is.
We are sending christmas photo cards out and I was asking my DH who should get a card. I mentioned this friend’s name and DH thought it was a good idea. I have to get the address from another friend of the DH’s.
Question- Can someone who is deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan get mail?
Also, I thought people who are deployed, love getting mail. Is that true? Or is that a bad assumption.
This friend of his was deployed during the time of our wedding. We would have definitely invited him to our wedding if he was around. But he wasn’t, so I think it would be great to keep in touch with him.
I also, heard to try to personalize the card. The card is printed with the usual happy holidays and our name but I’m going to get the DH to write a note on the back.
Let me know what you all think.
Oh, I’m sorry about not knowing any of this military stuff.
If there is any advice for how to send it. Let me know.
Would it be extra special, if we sent him a care package or something?
Post # 3
@ttn133:Two ways to get mail.
1. standard mail, but goes to an FPO address–can take up to 3 weeks
2, motomail, a military email program–you email it, they print it and mail it from the closest station to where your friend is. you have to sign up and then that only takes 4 days (ish). once mine took 17 days, but that was a weird time.
In both cases, you need your friends FPO address. Ask your friend’s mom or someone who knows it. It’s similar to a regular address, but has battalion info instead of a street name, and the you DO NOT WRITE THE COUNTRY of destination, just FPO ##### like a zip code.
Post # 4
PS if you send a care package, USPS has a discount on the large size (only the large size) flat rate boxes when sending to an FPO. i think it’s 12.70 instead of 15$ or so.
Post # 5
Yes and yes. They can get mail, and they love getting mail. 🙂
Post # 6
Yes they get mail. You need his FPO/APO address. It’s long! Get the address from him.
I just sent a care package and it took about 3 weeks to get there.Chances are he wont’ get the card in time for Christmas–i think the deadline was Nov 11. It takes awhile for mail to get to some fobs, not so much for others.
YES it would be extra special if you sent cookies and the like. You really should do it–it’d be really appreciated. Especially if you sent extras for him to share =]. Not all soldiers get care packages at Christmas. A lot of people join the military because they have no family–it’s particularly hard for them.
They love mail. Anything that reminds them of home, that lets them know we are thinking of them, even though they are very, very far away
Post # 7
I think sending some sort of holiday package would be a really sweet gesture. We meant to send some again this year (DH has several good friends deployed right now) but time has gotten away from us. Just be sure to get the complete address from the friend.
Post # 8
Oh, I just did a quick google about this and found there’s an address to send card to deployed soldiers. I have some extra regular christmas cards (non photo) and I think it would be a great idea to send christmas cards to soldiers.
I think they have to open the cards to make sure nothing is offensive but I think it’s a good idea.
Holiday mail for soldiersP.O. Box 5456
Capital Heights, MD20791-5456
Thanks everyone. I think I’m going to go for the care package route with extra goodies for him to share with everyone.
ETA: Oh, bummer! I know the address above said there was a deadline of Dec 10th. I know it has passed but I figure they would just get it late. I just saw that if I don’t have it postmarked by the 10th, that they send it back to the sender. That sucks! http://news.pb.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=4736
Post # 9
yes, yes send mail! my fiance just returned from a 6 month deployment & really looked forwarded & cherished getting mail from family & friends overseas. we have some friends currently serving overseas and are sending care packages for the holidays! maybe there is a special kind of candy/snack he misses? Otherwise coffee, personal care items & photos from home are really nice.
here is some basic info about sending mail overseas to APOs & FPOs:
hope that helps!
Post # 10
PPS NO chocolate, no alcohol (even in mouthwash). Check out the regulations. Also, if it’s homemade, vacuum seal it. They won’t get it for weeks and you don’t want it to be moldy when it arrives.