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Topic: OT ? Postage FROM Troops Free?

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Subject: OT ? Postage FROM Troops Free?
Date Posted: 11/26/2007 10:48 AM ET
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I just got off the phone with the USPS hotline and forgot to ask her where I can find this info online.

Troops stationed overseas are able to send First Class Mail for free (her understanding was this meant letters & postcards, not parcel).

I'd like to print something out to include in my care package since I was planning to include a roll of postcard stamps to send along with postcards for them to mail to their families & friends. 

RAH, RAH RAH!!  GO USPS!!!!

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 11:40 AM ET
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Google is your friend.  "troops mail free" gets many results, including this one:

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22203.pdf

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 9:46 AM ET
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This is an updated version of the info I found.  Thanks.  I thought someone who works at the PO might know if it's still in effect.  (And if it had an easier to read quickly.)

If my Google & your Google are getting the same results, I'm going with it.  (And my friend was chatting with me last night -- he got an R&R day with unlimited Internet use -- and he said he thought that everyone is probably eligible but not everyone knows about it.)

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 2:00 PM ET
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"Members of the armed forces on duty in designated combat areas can send personal

correspondence, free of postage, to addresses in the United States."

 

"on duty in designated combat areas" -- not all troops qualify

 

"personal correspondence, free of postage" -- that means letters only