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Topic: Care Package Delivery Confirmation

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Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:52 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/31/2010 10:50 AM ET
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It might be more cost effective to include a 31c postcard in your parcel & ask the recipient to just throw it in the mail when they receive the parcel.  probably more reliable too.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 4:06 PM ET
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Many of the books I send get scanned to NJ and then there is a long break until the delivery scan. They have all had delivery scans, but I don't think there were any scanned between the last one before the boat and delivery. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 4:14 PM ET
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I was told NJ is the end of the line so to speak for the US post office, they hand the mail over to the military at that point. That is also the furthest mine have ever been tracked.    Never anything after that, even though the boxes did arrive.  Strangely some dont even show the tracking to New Jersey so it has been inconsistant.   

Scott - are you sending the flat rate boxes?  



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Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 5/31/2010 10:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/31/2010 11:00 PM ET
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The reason I ask is this - which you may already know :) but since you mentioned trying the DC. 

If you pay for the Military Flat Rate box online at USPS.com they give you a discount of a dollar or so and free DC. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 9:19 AM ET
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Scott, my DH (retired AF, 23 years) worked in the PO at various military bases, stateside and overseas. He says the DC scans stop once the packages are turned over to the military. The mail is then separated and put in trucks that drive it out to the flight line. It then goes onto the aircraft on a space available basis. Most go to the forward-operating bases like Germany, Italy, Greece, etc... before continuing onto Afganistan. So, it can take days, weeks, or months to receive. When we were stationed in Guam, it would take several months or longer to receive ANY mail (letters or packages)  from stateside. We once got our Christmas presents mailed from GA in April on my DH's bithday, LOL! There is no such thing as time-senstive mail in the military. Hope this answers your question.

Pam

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:24 PM ET
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I sent many boxes to Iraq.  I quit using the DC because they were never scanned once the military got ahold of the package.  I like the idea of sticking a self addressed post card inside so the person can send it back saying they got the package.

BTW - great that you are sending goodies to our service folks!