Just in time for the holidays: Readers ask for it, get guidelines for mailings to Iraq

| Wednesday, October 13, 2004

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 United States Postal Service recommends all Parcel Post mail be postmarked by Nov. 13. The next earliest 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 can be sent at a later date; check with your local post office for specific deadlines.

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

If you do not have one specific person in mind, but want to send a holiday greeting or care package to a fellow trucker, OOIDA member Mark Taylor has volunteered to share those greetings or care packages with other truckers working in Iraq. Send packages to Mark Taylor JMMT-I BIAP, 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.