You asked for it, you got it: Guidelines for mailings to Iraq

Just in time for the holidays: 
Land Line has received a number of inquiries about how to send holiday greetings and packages to truckers and soldiers in Iraq.

Planning ahead is essential to be sure that soldiers and truckers get their care packages before the holidays. To be extra safe, no matter how you send the packages, the U.S. Postal Service recommends all parcel post mail – packages – be postmarked by Nov. 13. The next deadline is Nov. 27 for “space-available” mail.

The last possible chance to guarantee that a package will make it is Dec. 4 for parcel airlift mail. Various other classes and types of mail –such as letters or cards – can be sent at a later date; check with your local post office for specific deadlines.

There are a few restrictions on items that may be sent to military personnel in the Persian Gulf. Items prohibited include: obscene articles; any matter containing religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith or depicting nude or seminude people, pornographic or sexual items; non-authorized political materials; and pork or pork byproducts.

If you do not personally know a trucker in Iraq, but want to send a holiday greeting or care package, OOIDA member Mark Taylor will distribute all packages to truckers working in Iraq. Send packages to:

Mark Taylor
APO AE 09301

Anyone wanting to send a holiday greeting or care package to a soldier is encouraged by the Department of Defense to make a donation to domestic charities. For more information or a list of the recommended programs or charities, call 1-800-810-6098.