Nov 15 2012
Urges Participation in "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program
As a former naval flight officer who served three tours of duty in Southeast Asia, I know how hard it can be to spend months, and in some cases years, away from home, particularly during the holiday season. During this season of hope and giving, seemingly small gestures can mean a world of difference to our men and women serving overseas. Letters, care packages and even a simple email let our loved ones know that they are never far from our hearts. I would like to encourage everyone that knows a service member living overseas to take the time to write a heartfelt letter or to put together a care package containing some of their favorite things.
As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Postal Service will become extremely busy, and it can take weeks for your packages to arrive overseas. So please plan ahead! To help you plan for when to ship your packages, I have included a timetable provided by the USPS below:
|Military mail addressed to:||Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)||First-Class Mail, Letters, and Cards||Priority Mail|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092||December 17||December 10||December 10|
|APO/FPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||December 3||December 3|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098||December 17||December 10||December 10|
|APO/FPO AA ZIP 340||December 17||December 10||December 10|
|APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966||December 17||December 10||December 10|
If you don’t know an active member of our Armed Services, you can still contribute by writing a letter. Each year, I join other members of Congress in writing holiday cards to our men and women serving overseas. The program, organized by the American Red Cross, is called Holiday Mail for Heroes and it gives us a chance to let a member of the Armed Forces know that we are thinking about them and that we appreciate their service. To learn more about the program and to find out how you can write a letter, please visit the American Red Cross website here.