How to Send Parcels to Troops in Afghanistan

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How to Send Parcels to Troops in Afghanistan
A care package can be a delightful surprise to a soldier abroad. (shocked image by Brenda Carson from

Care packages for Americans fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq may contain any number of useful and enjoyable items, but there's one thing that they all provide: the morale lift that comes with tangible evidence of home front support and gratitude. Whether you wish to comfort and reassure your own loved one abroad or other service members, you can send your gifts and sentiments to an appreciative recipient in Afghanistan.

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    Send your parcel to Afghanistan via the U.S. Postal Service as cheaply as if the recipient lived in your hometown. Packages can be sent to military addresses around the world via Parcel Post or Priority Mail, depending on the size and weight. The postal rates are the same as those for domestic mail. For tips on addressing, packaging and mailing restrictions, see the Military Mail FAQ at the USPS website.

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    Get help from one of many groups in the United States sending mail and packages to troops abroad. Check a list of America Supports You Homefront Groups on the Department of Defense Community Relations website. Such groups can provide you with direct contacts for many soldiers and units as well as information about choices of items to send and shipping frequency.

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    Vet a home front group before joining by looking it up on the websites of independent charity-evaluation organisations, such as the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator or GuideStar. You can also obtain a local brochure listing home-front groups in your area from the Combined Federal Campaign, a program managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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