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Subject: Military mail question
Date Posted: 5/25/2010 12:43 AM ET
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Not a PBS question but  - does anyone know "for sure" if it is free for a deployed person (Iraq or Afghanistan) to mail a letter home? I've heard conflicting views and know sometimes a postal employee is here to answer.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 5/25/2010 7:17 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/25/2010 9:53 AM ET
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I googled and got;

 

 

Is there ?Free Mail? from the theater?
Yes, most areas of the Middle East have been authorized Free Mail for personal correspondence being sent from the service member overseas back to the U.S. Family members sending mail to service members in a free mail zone must pay for postage. Service members are briefed on the Free Mail procedures when they are deployed to a Free Mail area. A current list of Free Mail areas is attached. However, this list should not be made available to the public.
 

 

Leigh

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 7:49 PM ET
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Service members are briefed on the Free Mail procedures when they are deployed to a Free Mail area. A current list of Free Mail areas is attached. However, this list should not be made available to the public.

That is interesting!  I will ask my son if they briefed him on this.  Thanks for the responses.

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 11:04 PM ET
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It is free to mail letters FROM a combat zone area.  You write FREE in the upper right corner where normally a stamp would go.

I and my hubby are Veterans and we support all Veterans and Active Duty!

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 5:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/30/2010 6:07 AM ET
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There is a book called the "Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)" that has all the rules about mailing.  I believe it is in there; it does not list specific countries as wars move around but it does state something about Free Mail for the military.  This publication may be online at the usps.com website or you could ask your local postmaster to look it up for you.  My hubby is a Postmaster and I will see if he can find it and I will try to PM you the exact rule as found in the DMM.  If your son is in Iraq or Afghanistan, I am almost 100% sure all he needs to do is write Free where the stamp goes and it is legal.  I'll get back to you on this.

God bless our troops!

Scott (scalta) - ,
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Date Posted: 5/31/2010 4:20 PM ET
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Awesome thanks for the photo Scott.  I've had people say definately yes and definately no on Army forums and others.  Seeing this makes me feel better, how cool.

Date Posted: 6/3/2010 1:13 PM ET
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