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America Supports You: Postal Service Offers Discount
America Supports You ^
| Samantha L. Quigley
Posted on 02/14/2008 4:57:59 PM PST by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2008 Military families have long used the U.S. Postal Services flat-rate shipping boxes to send care packages around the globe. Beginning March 3, theyll get a price break.
The discount applies only to the new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box, which normally carries a $12.95 price tag for shipping. However, when the 12-by-12-by-5.5-inch box is sent to an AFO or FPO address, a $2 discount applies, dropping the cost to $10.95.
This is the first time the Postal Service has offered a special price for our armed forces serving overseas, said Postmaster General John Potter. Were proud that family and friends will be able to use the new, larger-sized box to send much-appreciated packages from home to our dedicated troops overseas.
The new boxes will be available in post offices nationwide on March 3. Those who cant wait to start packing the boxes, however, can order them from www.usps.com/supplies beginning Feb. 20. Theyre also available by calling 1-800-610-8734.
Some of the new boxes carry the America Supports You logo. America Supports You is a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.
Its terrific that the Postal Service continues to think of ways to help Americans support our troops and their families, said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communication, community relations and public liaison. Postage is always a concern when shipping care packages, and this new flat-rate box means our home-front groups and supportive citizens can do more with their resources.
Were especially pleased that some of the boxes will bear the America Supports You logo, reminding our servicemembers that they have our nations support, she added.
The boxes bearing the America Supports You logo will be available only online or at select post offices near military bases. All flat-rate boxes are available for international shipping, though the discount applies only to the large flat-rate box, and only if its being shipped to an APO or FPO address.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: discount; offers; postal; service
posted on 02/14/2008 4:58:02 PM PST
To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...
posted on 02/14/2008 4:58:28 PM PST
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
About time! I’m in the “Armed Forces shouldn’t have to pay period” camp myself, but $2 is $2!
posted on 02/14/2008 5:03:39 PM PST
(CJ in TX --Soccer Mom and proud Rush Conservative with no dog in the presidential race now *sigh*)
posted on 02/14/2008 5:05:09 PM PST
(action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
I always looked forward to seeing those flat rate boxes when I was in Afghanistan as did everyone else.
posted on 02/14/2008 5:17:32 PM PST
(I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
Thank you for your service AlaskaErik!
Too cool!! I didn’t know about the ASY logo!!
posted on 02/14/2008 8:50:05 PM PST
(http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com; http://starcmc.wordpress.com/ - The Enemedia is inside the gates.)
They don’t pay for mail coming back to us here in the States...I’ve gotten quite a bit of ‘Free Mail’ letters and cards from them lately.
This price break is good news.
posted on 02/15/2008 7:57:09 AM PST
(~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~ NRA Life Member)
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