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.