As the holidays are approaching, I would like to remind everyone to remember our military members who are away from their families. 


As the holidays are approaching, I would like to remind everyone to remember our military members who are away from their families.  
There is nothing like a package from home for those away at special times.
The least-expensive rates to make the mailing deadline for sending “economy” packages to military members in deployed to places like Afghanistan, Iraq and other places is Nov. 12, according to the U.S. Postal Service states.
If you miss that deadline, other options are available but will cost more.  
If you want the package to arrive by Christmas, send it space-available mail by Nov. 26.
You can wait until Dec. 3 for parcel airlift mail; and Dec. 10 for priority mail and first-class mail, letters and cards.  
The latest you should wait for a Christmas delivery is Dec. 18, and this is the most expensive rate — for express mail military service.
Express mail military service is not available to those in Iraq and Afghanistan.  
Those holiday packages should be sent a week earlier than the deadlines above.
 The post office offers a discount on its largest priority-mail flat-rate box — a 12-inch-by-12-inch-by-5.5-inch carton that can accommodate most “military care” packages.
A few things to remember are: Mail sent to overseas military addresses usually has the same rates as domestic mail (flat-rate box is $14.50).
But if you have packages heading to APO/FPO addresses, the charge is only $12.50 or $11.95 if you print the priority-mail postage label online.  
The priority-mail flat-rate boxes are free at most post offices.
Thanks, and I trust you will remember someone who is overseas this holiday season and send them a care package.
— Thanks,
Timothy Marlar,
Newton