"ELKHART -- Today is the first deadline for holiday packages and letters being sent to military personnel overseas.
Anyone using the United States Postal Service to send first-class or priority mail to select Air/Army Post Offices or Fleet Post Offices in AE ZIP Code 093 must mail them today to ensure they reach their destination for the holidays. Most other packages and letters have a Dec. 11 deadline.
Mail being sent to military and civilian personnel deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom should:
* Use the service member's full name
* Include the unit and APO/FPO address with the nine-digit ZIP Code. Click-N-Ship customers should be advised the USPS and military will continue to add and update valid APO/FPO addresses for online labels.
* Include a return address."
Senders must mail items to specific service members. People without a specific service member in mind to send items to can contact Lisa Swann with the Blue Star Moms at firstname.lastname@example.org. A group from Blue Star will be putting together packages to be mailed to veterans on Dec. 14. People that contact Swann by Dec. 11 can make arrangements to have their items included in the packages.
Overseas holiday mail is due today - The Elkhart Truth - Elkhart, IN: