DoD Stresses Troop Support
November 05, 2004
The United States Department of Defense announced this week the
continued suspension of the "Any Servicemember" mail
program. Accordingly, the general public is urged not to
send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to service
members during the holiday season.
During this time of the year,
the number of donation programs increases and causes mail from
families and friends to be mixed with mail from unknown sources
resulting in delivery delays.
DoD continues to emphasize that names and addresses of military
service members must not be distributed by the media, Web sites,
companies, non-profit organizations, schools and individuals
for the purpose of collecting letters of support or donations
for mailing to service members.
Service members should receive mail only from those friends and
family members to whom they personally give their address.
Military addresses should not
be passed around by family members for use by donation programs.
Unknown mailers could then obtain those addresses and mail harmful
items to service members.
For these reasons, DoD continues
to indefinitely suspend general donation programs from unknown
Americans, who don't have loved ones deployed overseas, can still
show support during the holidays by other means.
A list of these programs is
available at http:// www.defendamerica.mil .
To guarantee mail arrives in
time for end of year holidays, family members are encouraged
to view the mailing guidelines at http://
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