Care packages from home may be a big morale boost for the more than 4,600 Indiana Guardsmen and reservists activated and serving around the world.
One of the best deals around for family and friends of these soldiers who want to send care packages, said Brazil Postmaster Dianna Egold, is the new Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box.
And for packages going to Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses, customers receive a $2 discount.
"The new box is 50 percent larger than the current flat-rate boxes," Egold said. "If it fits, it ships."
The new box may be shipped for $12.95 to any United States address. The cost to APO/FPO addresses is $10.95.
"Flat-rate shipping is the best value in the marketplace," Egold said. "This new box is one more way the Postal Service is responding to our customers' shipping needs."
Flat-rate shipping, introduced in November 2004, gives customers a single, predetermined rate regardless of the weight or delivery zone and when combined with Click-N-Ship, no scale is necessary.
The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes are available without cost to customers in Post Offices nationwide or online at www.usps.com/supplies or by calling 1-800-610-8734.
Some of the new boxes are co-branded with the logo of America Supports You, a Department of Defense program that connects citizens offering support to the military and their families.
"Either version of the new larger box is eligible for the $2 military discount," Egold said, "as long as it is sent to an APO/FPO address."
Two smaller flat-rate boxes retail for $8.95 for U.S. addresses, are not eligible for the military discount. All flat-rate boxes may be used for shipping to international addresses.