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Sending Care Packages to Our Troops Overseas

Being away from home or loved ones is a sacrifice for thousands of men and women working overseas in the United States military. That’s why our care packages to the troops help them feel our support while they are in duty:

Send a care package to a loved one in the military using the United States Postal Service (USPS)

  1. Check out the guidelines for international shipping and make sure the items you’re sending are permitted in the destination country.
  2. Follow the instructions to send packages to military and diplomatic personnel. Include the recipient’s full name, unit number and military mail address with the Army or Air Force Post Office (APO), Fleet for Navy and Marines Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).
  3. Use the internet to fill out a Customs Form to attach to the package.

Note: USPS doesn’t accept packages that are over 70 pounds. You can also check the country’s package weight limits.

For additional information about sending mail contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777.

Show your support through United Service Organizations (USO)

The USO is a nonprofit organization through which you can buy care packages of items (comfort foods, books, movies, etc.) or services such as phone calls home for troops overseas. You can also make tax-deductible donations to send the troops holiday gifts or to honor a loved military member.

Note: These packages and services are sent to troops in general rather than to individual service members.

If you have additional questions about the USO, contact the organization at 1-888-484-3876.

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Image description: This photo from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa shows a little girl blowing a bubble gum bubble while watching baseball.
From the Peace Corps:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Pratt

Image description: This photo from a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa shows a little girl blowing a bubble gum bubble while watching baseball.

From the Peace Corps:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Peace Corps Volunteer Amanda Pratt

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From the Department of Interior:

Kicking off the week with this amazing sunrise at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. This photo was captured by Ryan Engstrom on the Mesa Arch Trail — a popular place to capture the sunrise over the park’s countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org.

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From the Department of Interior:

Kicking off the week with this amazing sunrise at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. This photo was captured by Ryan Engstrom on the Mesa Arch Trail — a popular place to capture the sunrise over the park’s countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org.

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Opens

Washington, D.C. has a new memorial. On Sunday, October 5, the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial was dedicated with a ceremony that included a speech from President Obama.    

There are more than 4 million disabled veterans in the U.S. The intention of the memorial is to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for the country and have been “broken in body, but not in spirit.”

Sixteen years in the making, the memorial was made possible by the efforts of philanthropist and Broadway singer, Lois Pope. President Clinton authorized the memorial in 2000, and a 2.4 acre site was selected adjacent to the National Botanical Gardens and the Rayburn House Office Building. After an open competition, a design featuring a star fountain with a ceremonial flame as a focal point was selected.

The beautiful new memorial conveys the strength, yet vulnerability of those in the military, and serves as a place for the American people to honor both the living and the deceased for their service and sacrifice.