(Closed) NWR- Sending mail to deployed soldiers

posted 7 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@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
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2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
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1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yes and yes.  They can get mail, and they love getting mail. 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

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 # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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:

http://www.shipitapo.com/info/apo_fpo_guide.php

hope that helps!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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.

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