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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: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 
Photo from the U.S. Navy

Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 


Photo from the U.S. Navy

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From the National Archives::

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Actor, Comedian, Friend to the USO and the troops

Comedian and actor Robin Williams shakes hands with US Army (USA) CHIEF Warrant Office Two (WO2) Davis, 4th Infantry Division (ID) at Kirkuk Air Base (AB), Iraq (IRQ). Mr. Williams is in Kirkuk as part of the USO (United Service Organization) tour traveling through Southwest Asia with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF (JCS) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 12/17/2003

Robin Williams, a comedian and an actor, performs for troops during a United Services Organization (USO) visit at the Base Exchange at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 14, 2004. (USAF PHOTO by SENIOR AIRMAN Christopher A. Marasky) (Released), 12/14/2004

Actor/Comedian Robin Williams entertains the crew of US Navy (USN) ENTERPRISE CLASS: Aircraft Carrier, USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), during a holiday special hosted by the United Service Organization (USO), during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, 12/19/2003

Actor/Comedian Robin Williams (center) visits with Ohio (OH), Air National Guard (ANG) Technical Sergeant (TSGT), Chuck Juhasz, during his visit to the 39th Medical Group (MG), Hospital at Incirlik Air Base (AB), Turkey, during Operation NORTHERN WATCH. USAF Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jerome Limoge, Surgeon, 39th Medical Group looks on, 10/14/2002

 

Image description: Sailors aboard the USS Rushmore heave mooring lines as the ship arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

Image description: Sailors aboard the USS Rushmore heave mooring lines as the ship arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.

Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

Image description: Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Carson, Co. ruck through Gambrills, Md., during a portion of their 140-mile ruck to honor their fallen commander, Maj. David Gray, who was killed in Afghanistan last year.
The Airmen are marching from Dover Air Force Base, Del., the receiving point for deceased service members killed in war, to Arlington National Cemetery, to Gray’s grave site.  
Read more about the ruck.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Main.

Image description: Tactical Air Control Party Airmen from the 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Carson, Co. ruck through Gambrills, Md., during a portion of their 140-mile ruck to honor their fallen commander, Maj. David Gray, who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

The Airmen are marching from Dover Air Force Base, Del., the receiving point for deceased service members killed in war, to Arlington National Cemetery, to Gray’s grave site.  

Read more about the ruck.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lauren Main.